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U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship

The NIDA US-Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for Mexican researchers to obtain postdoctoral training with a NIDA-supported U.S. mentor. Prevention Research Fellows benefit from an intensive research training experience designed to enhance the fellows’ ability to conduct independent research upon return to Mexico. Applicants and their U.S. mentor may propose to conduct their research in any area of drug abuse prevention research, such as prevention intervention research, prevention services research, prevention methodology, or drug abuse prevention as HIV/AIDS prevention.

During the fellowship, the fellow receives training in drug abuse research methods, develops and conducts a research project with the NIDA grantee, and participates in professional development activities. Fellows also learn about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application process from their U.S. mentor who has successfully sought NIDA support.

Prevention Research Fellows and their U.S. mentors join 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 drug abuse prevention 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 U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship applicants are:

  • An earned doctoral degree in medicine, public health, or biomedical, behavioral, or social science.
  • A minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral research experience including a demonstrated ability to engage in independent research.
  • Written assurance from an institution in Mexico 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 Mexico.
  • Living and working outside the United States at the time the application is submitted.
  • Eligibility for a J-1 visa to enter the United States.

How Can I Get Help in Finding a Mentor?

To find the mentor who is right for you, examine the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public database RePORTER (listing research supported by 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 Deadline: April 1
Notification of Award: June 1

How Should I Apply?

The U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship application requires careful and thorough coordination between the applicant and mentor:

  • Contact a NIDA-funded researcher in the United States who is willing to serve as a mentor. The mentor’s NIDA-funded grant must be active throughout the proposed fellowship period.
  • Notify the NIDA International Program of your plans to apply.
  • Write a detailed plan for working with the U.S. mentor (a NIDA-funded researcher) to conduct drug abuse prevention research in such areas as prevention intervention research, prevention services research, prevention methodology, or drug abuse prevention as HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Complete and submit your application to the NIDA International Program.

What Materials Should I Use to Apply?

Instruction and application materials for the U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship can be downloaded from the Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format.

Who Has Been a U.S. - Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellow?

Year Fellow Mentor
2011 Argentina Servin Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D.,
and Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego


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