Other Research and Training Opportunities


Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Named in honor after the esteemed congresswoman from Texas, Barbara Jordan, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with Howard University, founded the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. This program enables undergraduates to learn about health care policy making in Washington, D.C. Selected students are assigned to a congressional office and spend the next 11 weeks studying health care issues that affect racial and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged peoples. Students are actively involved in the policy making process from attending lectures, to liaising with policy makers and health care officers, to writing policy memos that highlight health care issues. For more information, and applications for the 2012 year, see http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/index.cfm.

Health Career Connection Summer Internship Program

Health Career Connection (HCC) is a non-profit organization that provides paid internship opportunities in Eastern Massachusetts, Northern California, and Southern California to undergraduate students interested in public health, primarily health policy and management, community health, and health education. A limited number of Boston-based internships in nursing, speech pathology, physical therapy, and clinical investigation fields are also available. Internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions that last 10 weeks (from mid-June through mid- August). Selected finalists are placed within prominent healthcare/public health organizations and paired with a preceptor who serves as a mentor and guide. Interns will participate in seminars and workshops that are incorporated in the summer schedule as well as other important networking events. Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. For more information, see http://www.healthcareers.org/resources/interns.


Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry

Beginning in July 1995, the week-long Summer Research Institute (SRI) program has helped participants strengthen the tools needed to begin, maintain, and succeed in a career in Geriatric Psychiatry. The SRI program is intended for promising post-residency, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty persons interested in research careers in that area. The program's faculty includes NIMH members and staff, along with nationally renowned researchers who specialize in geriatric psychiatry. The intensive trainings combine individual mentoring, group presentations, and lectures. The SRI provides participants with a unique opportunity to facilitate the transition from fellowship to first research funding, while assuring a continued flow of new investigators to the field. For more information, see http://www.mentalhealthtrainingnetwork.org/institues/sri/home.

University of Michigan Statistical Summer Training Program

The SRC Summer Institute provides high quality graduate training in all phases of survey research, teaching practice and theory in the design, implementation, and analysis of surveys. Summer Institute courses are designed to meet the educational needs of those specializing in social and behavioral research such as professionals in business, public health, natural resources, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Seeing as the Institute uses the sample survey as the basic instrument for the scientific measurement of human activity, participants should have a working knowledge of concepts and procedures in elementary statistics, such as measuring central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions and their properties, product-moment correlations, tests of significance, and the analysis of variance. For participants lacking these prerequisites, introductory courses are offered on basic statistical concepts. For more information, including program dates, see http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/si/intro.html.

National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Services Research

This two-year postdoctoral Research Training Program provides training in health services research for older adults with mental disorders to psychiatrists, psychologists, and social/behavioral scientists who are committed to becoming independently supported mental health services researchers. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with expert faculty in mental health services research by participating in ongoing investigations and developing their own research projects/grant proposals. Participants will also attend seminars, research presentations, and conferences for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty in mental health services research. Formal course work leads to a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Public Health (MPH). For more information, see http://dms.dartmouth.edu/prc/aging/education/nrsa/.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Connections

The New Connections program looks to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to the Foundation, while simultaneously helping to meet Foundation staff needs for data analysis that measures progress towards program objectives. The program seeks early to mid-career scholars who have been underrepresented in research activities, including researchers who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, and individuals from low-income communities.
For more information, see http://www.rwjf-newconnections.org/.

Summer Training on Aging Research Topics – Mental Health (SMART-MH) Program

This program offers scholarships to pre-doctoral and medical students who may be interested in aging and mental health research, and learning about research methods relevant to geriatric mental health. During the 10-week summer program, students will work on specific projects developed by, or in conjunction with a mentor who will either be selected by students or will be matched based on their research interest and/or geographical area. The training is designed for students at all research levels and no formal research experience is necessary. Participants will also be encouraged to attend educational opportunities at their host institution such as research seminars, journal clubs, and case conferences. For further details, see http://startmh.ucsd.edu/.

The New Mexico Mentorship and Education Program (MEP)

This program focuses on minority mental health issues in primary care settings, especially disparities in mental health outcomes. The MEP provides an intensive, one-week annual training session where minority junior faculty members and graduate students are introduced to mental health services research. The program also enhances ongoing mentorship relationships with mental health researchers who serve as both advisers for the trainees' research and as role models in their career development. For more information, see http://mep.unm.edu/.

Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups- American Psychological Association (APA)

This Advanced Training Institute (ATI) organized by the APA introduces participants to a variety of research approaches that have produced significant and useful in investigations concerning diverse racial and ethnic group populations. The course is structured for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who aim to conduct research with racial and ethnic groups and are interested in learning about the latest methodological approaches and challenges. Participants should come to the course with an idea for a specific research project that they would like to discuss and receive feedback on from instructors and classmates. For more information, including topics covered, see http://www.apa.org/science/resources/ati/res-diversity.aspx.

Diversity and Reentry Supplements for NIMH Grantees

This supplementary information applies to applications requesting selected research supplements to active National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grants. Research supplements may be requested by Principal Investigators (PIs) of active NIMH grants who plan to serve as mentors for candidates nominated for support. The activities proposed in a supplement application must advance the objectives of the parent grant, while supporting the research training and career advancement of the candidate. Award decisions are based on the merit of the research training potential of the applications and on the relevance to the research priorities of the NIMH. At the time of a supplement application submission there must be a reasonable period of time remaining on the parent grant such that the supplement could provide an optimal career development experience for the candidate. For more information, see http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/diversity-and-reentry-research-supplements-for-nimh-grantees.shtml.

Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of a qualified, clinical investigator’s educational debt. In exchange, the investigator commits to two years to nonprofit clinical biomedical or behavioral research. NIH will also pay an additional 39% of the repayments to cover Federal taxes. NIH may also reimburse state taxes that result from these payments. To participate, the qualified candidate must be a U.S. citizen (or U.S. national or permanent resident) and have an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm. D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., Psy.D., D.C., D.V.M., N.D., or an equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution. The candidate must also commit at least 50% research effort to health disparities, for a minimum of 20 hours per week, during each quarterly service period. For this program, 50% of the awards are bestowed to health professionals who are members of identified health disparity populations. The scope of research qualified for this program includes basic research, clinical research or behavioral research directly related to health disparity populations and the medically underserved. For more information, see http://www.lrp.nih.gov. The 2012 application deadline is November 15, 2011. Applications will be accepted until 8:00 p.m.

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression’s (NARSAD) Young Investigator Grant

This program provides support for promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. One and two year awards of up to $30,000 per year are given as a way to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Candidates’ research must be relevant to serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Candidates are also eligible for individual awards based on outstanding research as outlined in the NARSAD project report. For more information, including details about the application see http://www.bbrfoundation.org/narsad-young-investigator-grant.