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INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Progam INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship combines postdoctoral research training in the United States with professional development activities and grant-writing guidance to form a unique program for drug abuse scientists. Fellows may conduct their research in any aspect of the biomedical or behavioral science of drug abuse and addiction. Previous fellows have conducted research in all aspects of drug abuse and addiction, from social science to basic science, including epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and preclinical and clinical sciences. Fellows and their mentors are encouraged to develop jointly and seek funding for a collaborative research project to be conducted in the fellow's home country. Fellows and their U.S. mentors are part of a network of international scientists who exchange information and collaborate on drug abuse research nationally, regionally, and globally.

What Does the Fellowship Include?

The 12-month fellowship provides:

  • Rigorous postdoctoral research training with a NIDA grantee at a U.S. institution.
  • Professional development activities that help you establish personal relationships with NIDA grantees and NIDA officials who are willing to continue working with you after you return home.
  • A stipend of $42,000US for living and personal expenses, round-trip travel, and a $6,000US allowance to cover the cost of health insurance and professional development activities.

Who Is Eligible?

The requirements for INVEST applicants are:

  • An earned doctoral degree in medicine, public health, or biomedical, behavioral, or social sciences.
  • A minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral research experience, including a demonstrated ability to engage in independent research.
  • Written assurance from an institution in the home country that there is a position to which the applicant can return after completing the fellowship.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Citizenship or permanent residency in a country other than the United States.
  • Living and working outside the United States at the time the application is submitted.
  • Eligibility for the J-1 visa to enter the United States.

How Should I Apply?

The INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship application requires careful and thorough coordination between the applicant and mentor:

  • Contact a NIDA-supported researcher in the United States who is willing to serve as a mentor. The mentor must be a current NIDA grantee.
  • Notify the NIDA International Program of your plans to apply.
  • Write a detailed research plan for working with the U.S. mentor on biomedical or behavioral research investigating the causes, consequences, prevention, or treatment of drug abuse and addiction.
  • Complete and submit your application to the NIDA International Program.

How Can I Get Help in Finding a Mentor?

To find the mentor who is right for you, consult the online database of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm, review journals online at PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/, or email the NIDA International Program for assistance at ip@nida.nih.gov.

Application Deadlines: April 1
Notification of Award: June 1

What Materials Should I Use To Apply?

Instruction and application materials for the INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship can be downloaded from this Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format.

Who Has Been an INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellow and Mentor?

Year Fellow Mentor
2013 Antonis Gardikiotis
Greece
William D. Crano, Ph.D.
Claremont Graduate University
Zulvia Syarif
Indonesia
Marek C. Chawarski, Ph.D.
Yale University
Bilal Salem
Saudi Arabia
Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Makhbatsho Bakhromov
Tajikistan
Carl A. Latkin, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Michel Verheij
The Netherlands
George F. Koob, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute
2012 Jan Klimas
Ireland
Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Sujung Yoon
South Korea
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
The Brain Institute, University of Utah
Tetiana Kiriazova
Ukraine
Jeffrey H. Samet, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston Medical Center
2010-2011 Gabor Egervari
Hungary
Yasmin L. Hurd, Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Saeed Momtazi
Iran
Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Arina Tyurina
Russia
Jeffrey H. Samet, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston Medical Center
2009-2010 Perrine Roux
France
Sandra Comer, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Mikhail Torban
Russia
Robert Heimer, Ph.D.
Yale University
Huaihui Zhang
China
Richard Schottenfeld, M.D.
Yale University
2008-2009 Marta Concheiro Guisan
Spain
Marilyn Huestis, Ph.D.
NIDA Intramural Research Program
Sheng Liu
China
Gary S. Aston-Jones, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Alberto Moriggia
Italy
David L. Thomas, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2007-2008 Jiang Du
China
Hser Yih-Ing, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Paula M. Mayock
Ireland
Michael C. Clatts, Ph.D.
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
Adhi Wibowo Nurhidayat
Indonesia
David Metzger, Ph.D., and George E. Woody, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Akiko Shimamoto Kiyoshima
Japan
Klaus A. Miczek, Ph.D.
Tufts University
Paulo Roberto Telles P. Diaz
Brazil
Kimberly Page Shafer, Ph.D.
Institute for Global Health/CAPS, University of California, San Francisco
Wenhua Zhou
China
Peter Kalivas, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
2006-2007 Wagner Alves de Souza Judice
Brazil
Iris Lindberg, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Louisiana State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Doug Hyun Han
South Korea
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
McLean Brain Imaging Center and Harvard Medical School
Sung-Jin Cho
South Korea
Alan P. Kozikowski, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
2005-2006 Tsafrir Loebl
Israel
A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H.
Addictions Research Program,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Oscar Quintela
Spain
Dennis Crouch, M.B.A.
Center for Human Toxicology, University of Utah

J. Michael Walsh, Ph.D.
The Walsh Group
Maciej Stasiak
Poland
Nicholas E. Goeders, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
Young Hoon Sung
South Korea
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
McLean Brain Imaging Center
2004-2005 Marco Bortolato
Italy
Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D., Pharm.D.
University of California, Irvine
Lan Zhang
China
Kenneth Kendler, M.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Liliana Cancela
Argentina
Peter W. Kalivas, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
2003-2004 Marjaterttu Pajulo
Finland
Linda C. Mayes, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Yufeng Chen
China
Alan P. Kozikowski, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
2002-2003 Isabelle Husson
France
Barry E. Kosofsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital East
Tamo Nakamura
Australia
Anthony A. Wright, Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Yilang Tang
China
Joseph F. Cubells, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
2001-2002 Debasish Basu
India
Joel Gelernter, M.D.
Yale University
Patricia Obando
Costa Rica
Dace Svikis, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Tatiana P. Tsarouk
Russia
Elaine Thompson, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Seattle
Min Zhao
China
Howard Liddle, Ed.D.
University of Miami School of Medicine
2000-2001 Henrik Druid
Sweden
Deborah C. Mash, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Chuang Liu
China
Elliot A. Stein, Ph.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1999-2000 Abdel Azim Assi
Egypt
Charles I. Chavkin, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Seattle
Elisa Mengual
Spain
Virginia M. Pickel, Ph.D.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Vaughan Rees
Australia
Jeffrey H. Samet, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston University School of Medicine
1998-1999 You Wan
China
Jeffrey S. Mogil, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Neo Morojele
South Africa
Judith S. Brook, Ed.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
1997-1998 Guilherme Borges
Mexico
Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Yulia Lyupina
Russia
James E. Smith, Ph.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Olivier Manzoni
France
John T. Williams, Ph.D.
Oregon Health Sciences University
1996-1997 Silvia Cruz
Mexico
Robert L. Balster, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Raka Jain
India
Stephen G. Holtzman, Ph.D. (deceased)
Emory University School of Medicine
Danxin Wang
China
Wolfgang Sadée, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
1995-1996 Bashir Ahmad
Pakistan
Nissar A. Darmani, Ph.D.
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Irena Martin-Kleiner
Croatia
Jean M. Bidlack, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
Steve McGaraughty
Canada
Mary M. Heinricher, Ph.D.
Oregon Health Sciences University
Zhengxiong Xi
China
Elliot A. Stein, Ph.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1994-1995 Anton Bespalov
Russia
Robert L. Balster, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Suchandra Ghosh
India
Martin A. Adler, Ph.D.
Temple University School of Medicine
Ella Nikulina
Russia
Klaus A. Miczek, Ph.D.
Tufts University
1993-1994 Yaprak Egilmez
Turkey
Michael Emmett Oglesby, Ph.D.
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gerald Zernig
Austria
James H. Woods, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Medical School

 

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    Important Dates

    NIDA International Program Fellowships

    Application Deadlines:
    Postdoctoral Fellowships:
    April 1

    Meetings

    October 18 - October 21, 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    November 15 - November 19, 2014
    Washington, DC, USA
    November 15 - November 19, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA