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Postdoctoral Fellows Application

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be either 1) a clinical postdoctoral fellow pursuing training in child and adolescent health who desires to complement their clinical insight with research skills learned from mentors with diverse backgrounds, or 2) PhD postdoctoral scholars from engineering and basic, scientific disciplines (possible areas of research include: bioengineering, informatics, population science, health services research, materials science, operations research, imaging, signal processing and analysis, gaming theory, and communication disorders) who desire to apply their discipline to a project in child and adolescent health.
  • Fellows must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a PhD, MD, DDS, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • All appointed fellows incur a service payback obligation for the first 12 months of support. The second year of the award will serve to pay back the obligation.
  • Appointment requires a 40 hours/week commitment to their training/research/associated career development activities.
  • Appointees must not have received more than 5 years of aggregate NRSA support (training grants or fellowships) at the predoctoral level or 3 years of support at the postdoctoral level.
  • Candidate mentors must have sufficient independent research support or institutional commitment to cover the costs of the proposed research project in excess of the TL1 support. 
  • Candidates from outside of Northwestern are invited to apply, but must have an identified mentor at the time of application. Please contact Dr. Susanna McColley or Dr. Evan Scott with questions or for help identifying a faculty mentor. 

Application Requirements

PHS 398

Abstract (limit 30 lines)

  • Include the project’s objectives, description of research design and methods, and career development goals.

Proposal (limit 4 pages, not including references)

  • Candidate's Background (limit 1 page)
  • Career Goals and Objectives with a focus on child and adolescent health (limit 1 page)
  • Research Project with a focus on child and adolescent health (limit 2 page)

NIH Biosketches

Letters of Support

  • Required Letters: Primary Mentor, Co-Mentor (from a different discipline or department; see below), and one additional faculty mentor familiar with the applicant's experience and career goals.
  • Trainees are expected to work as part of multidisciplinary teams and support from a secondary mentor (from a different discipline or department) is required. Applicants who would like additional ideas on catalyzing collaboration with a mentor in another area of research are invited to reach out to Dr. McColley or Dr. Scott during the application process to discuss potential options.
  • For applicants outside of Northwestern University please feel free to contact Dr. McColley or Dr. Scott for help identifying a primary mentor and co-mentor.
  • Additional letters as appropriate from co-mentors or consultants
  • Applicants from other institutions or who have recently arrived at Northwestern University are also encouraged to provide one or two letters of support from their current/prior institution.
  • Letters should document the role of the primary and co-mentor in the career development of the trainee and how the work proposed fits into the overall program funded by the mentor.

Proposal Submission


View the full request for postdoctoral applications.

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