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INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellowship

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program and Clinical Trials Network (CTN) have joined forces to offer INVEST/CTN Fellowships to non-U.S. scientists who will work with a mentor affiliated with 1 of the 13 CTN Regional Research and Training Centers.

The INVEST/CTN 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 CTN research agenda on drug abuse and addiction, such as intervention research, clinical trials methodology, or drug abuse treatment as HIV/AIDS prevention. 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 1 of the 13 CTN Regional Research and Training Centers.
  • 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/CTN 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.

The requirements for INVEST/CTN mentors include:

  • A current NIDA grant that will be active throughout the fellowship period.
  • Affiliation with 1 of the Regional Research and Training Centers in the 13 CTN Nodes.

How Should I Apply?

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

  • Contact a NIDA-supported researcher affiliated with 1 of the 13 CTN Regional Research and Training Centers 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, contact 1 of the Regional Research and Training Centers within the 13 CTN Nodes. To further refine your search, 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 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/), or email the NIDA International Program (ip@nida.nih.gov) or CTN (crosa@nida.nih.gov) for assistance.

Application Deadline: April 1
Notification of Award: June 1

What Materials Should I Use To Apply?

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

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

Year Fellow Mentor
2011 Vivi Octavia Lubis
Indonesia
George E. Woody, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
2010 Cecile Denis
France
John Cacciola, Ph.D., and Charles O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Sergii Dvoriak
Ukraine
George E. Woody, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Maria de L. Garcia-Anaya
Mexico
Edward V. Nunes, Jr., M.D.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
José Szapocznik, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Rushit Ismajli
Kosovo
Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Effatalsadat Merghati Kohei
Iran
Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Xuyi Wang
China
Walter Ling, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
2009 Suzanne Nielsen
Australia
Walter Ling, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Felipe Vallejo Reyes
Chile
Eugene Somoza, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Meera Vaswani
India
Wade Berrettini, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
2008 Leonardo Estacio, Jr.
Philippines
Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Mario Zapata
Colombia
Michael Robbins, Ph.D.
University of Miami
2007 Amit Chakrabarti
India
Roger Weiss, M.D.
McLean Hospital
Gvantsa Piralishvili
Georgia
George E. Woody, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Chen Hanhui
China
Walter Ling, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

 

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    Important Dates

    NIDA International Program Fellowships

    Application Deadlines:
    Postdoctoral Fellowships:
    April 1

    Meetings

    October 2 - October 6, 2014
    Yokohama, Japan
    October 18 - October 21, 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    November 15 - November 19, 2014
    Washington, DC, USA