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INVEST NIDA–Inserm Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellowships for U.S. and French Scientists

Applications may be submitted at any time

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) have established a binational postdoctoral research exchange fellowship program. NIDA may support up to two fellowships for French scientists to work in the United States with a current NIDA grantee, and Inserm may support up to two awards for U.S. scientists to work in France with a mentor at an Inserm research unit or center.

NIDA-Inserm Fellowship Flyer (PDF, 1.8MB)

What Does the Fellowship Include?

The 6- to 12-month fellowship provides rigorous postdoctoral research training in the United States (for French applicants) or France (for U.S. applicants). Fellows may apply to renew their fellowship once.

  • French scientists spending their fellowship in the United States will receive an annual stipend of $47,484USD for living and personal expenses and a $7,750USD stipend to cover the cost of personal health insurance and professional development activities. NIDA will also provide air travel, for the fellow only, at the beginning and end of the fellowship.
  • U.S. scientists spending their fellowship in France will be employed by Inserm under a temporary contract providing an annual salary between 34,200€ and 45,600€ (depending upon the number of years of postdoctoral experience), including personal health insurance. Inserm also will provide air travel, for the fellow only, at the beginning and end of the fellowship.

What Are the Requirements for Applicants?

French applicants must:

  • Hold an earned doctoral degree in medicine or biomedical sciences.
  • Have completed postdoctoral research demonstrating the ability to engage in independent research.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of France.
  • Be affiliated with a French Laboratory that is supported by Inserm.
  • Be eligible for a J-1 visa to enter the United States.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.

U.S. applicants must:

  • Hold an earned doctoral degree in medicine or biomedical sciences.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Live and work in the United States at the time the application is submitted.
  • Be eligible for a temporary-stay visa to work in France.

What Are the Requirements for Mentors?

Fellows must conduct their research with an eligible mentor at an eligible institution.

French mentors:

U.S. mentors:

  • Should be a current NIDA-funded extramural or intramural researcher whose project will be active throughout the proposed fellowship period. Mentors may conduct research in any aspect of addiction science, but priority will be given to those investigating computational neuroscience, bioinformatics, statistics, genetics, or epigenetics related to addiction. Researchers funded by other NIH Institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must be a NIDA-supported researcher in the United States. For suggestions, see the List of Prospective NIDA-funded Mentors (PDF, 225KB), Search the RePORTER database of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at https://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm, review peer-reviewed publications indexed by PubMed at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/, consult the Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellow and Mentor Chart, or contact the NIDA International Program at ip@nida.nih.gov.
  • Must work at an institution that sponsors the U.S. Department of State “J” Exchange Visitor Program and can prepare and issue the requisite Form DS-2019 for the NIDA–Inserm applicant and his/her dependents.

To find a listing of previous NIDA–Inserm Fellows and Mentors, view the Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellow and Mentor Chart.

How Should I Prepare To Contact A Potential Mentor?

Before contacting a potential mentor, you should:

  • Update your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to ensure your information is current.
  • Confirm your eligibility for the fellowship by emailing the NIDA International Program at ip@nida.nih.gov.
  • Learn more about the potential mentor you’ve identified, including scientific discipline and specific research interests, by reviewing the potential mentor’spublications, research background, and professional website.

Next, write a brief summary of your goals for the fellowship. Outline your proposed research question, the scientific methods you will use to answer that question, and the data needed to complete your investigation. List the skills, techniques, or methods you wish to learn or improve during your fellowship.

When emailing a potential mentor:

  • Discuss how your proposed research project is compatible with the mentor’s research.
  • Provide information about your eligibility, educational and professional background (include your CV and list of publications), and the goals of your fellowship and research project.
  • Do not contact more than two or three potential mentors at the same time.

What Materials Should I Use To Prepare My Application?

Assembling your NIDA-Inserm application requires careful and thorough coordination between you and your mentor.

Instruction and application materials for the fellowship include:

Your application must include a detailed research plan and a mentor statement approving the plan and discussing how the research and fellowship plans were developed. You are responsible for writing the research plan, and your mentor must review and approve your plan before you submit it as part of your application. The research plan and mentor statement are the most important parts of the Fellowship application and should demonstrate collaboration between you and your mentor.

How Should I Apply?

Individuals wishing to apply for the NIDA-Inserm fellowship should notify the NIDA International Program (ip@nida.nih.gov) and the Inserm Department of National and Foreign Affairs (Inserm-usa@ambascience-usa.org) of their plans to apply.

Applications are to be submitted electronically to:

Application components include:

  • A completed application form, which includes the research plan and mentor statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references. Letters of recommendation should be written on the institution’s official letterhead.
    • References supporting a French applicant should be emailed directly to the NIDA International Program at ip@nida.nih.gov.
    • References supporting a U.S. applicant should be emailed directly to Inserm at Inserm-usa@ambascience-usa.org.

Application Deadline: Open
Notification of Award: 6 weeks after submission

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