Larry L. Hillblom Foundation logoThis fellowship grant supports, up to a maximum of  $60,000 per year, postdoctoral research training to qualified applicants studying either diabetes or aging. The fellow must be highly promising based on performance during prior training with a demonstrated productivity in research. and will be required to demonstrate a distinct research plan that is important and achievable. Preference will be given to those who received their doctorate three years prior to the current application.

The Hillblom Foundation funds medical research within the State of California, with particular attention to research programs conducted by the University of California. The Foundation supports basic scientific research, clinical research, and research related to patient self-care and management.

The application deadline is January 14, 2013. More information is available on the foundation website.


Larry L. Hillblom grew up on his family’s farm in Kingsburg, California. After high school he went on to graduate from Reedley College, attend California State University, Fresno, and then earn a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Hillblom put himself through law school by working at numerous jobs; one of them was delivering packages for law firms in the San Francisco area. While still a law student at Berkeley, he co-founded a courier service with two other men, Adrian Dalsey and Robert Lynn — the initials of their last names created the business name, DHL —which became DHL Worldwide Express, the world’s largest international air courier service. He established a home on Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands in the South Pacific. He died in a plane crash near Saipan in 1995.