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Request for Fellowship Applications

Chicago KUH FORWARD is pleased to announce its new NIDDK-funded TL1 interdisciplinary training program for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows in basic, translational, or clinical research in the fields of kidney, benign urologic, and benign hematologic diseases at one of the six Chicago KUH FORWARD partnering institutions: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Rush University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Chicago.

Click here to download the Request for Fellowship Applications

 Objectives

Chicago KUH FORWARD fellowships are designed to address key challenges related to recruitment, advancement and retention of predoctoral and postdoctoral KUH trainees. Through activities of the Administrative, Network, Professional Development, and Training Cores of the Chicago KUH FORWARD program, we will create and implement multidimensional evidence-based interventions to prepare the next generation of research leaders in KUH research.

Fellows will have access to many unique resources and opportunities: cross-disciplinary mentorship; dedicated grant writers groups; facilitated peer mentoring sessions; portal with trainee-driven content and social media tools; opportunities to participate in high school, college and medical school outreach programs; cross-disciplinary seminars, workshops and journal clubs focused on cross-cutting tools; opportunities to present research in progress at outside institutions; and professional and social interactions with trainees, alumni and mentors across institutions.

Chicago KUH FORWARD is committed to identifying and implementing ways to create and support a diverse and inclusive campus community. Scholars from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. We strongly encourage individuals belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (e.g., certain racial, ethnic and gender minorities and individuals with disabilities) to apply to our KUH training program.

 Eligibility

  • The Chicago KUH FORWARD NIH TL1 training program accepts applications from predoctoral and postdoctoral level trainees wishing to receive interdisciplinary training in KUH research priority areas.
    • Predoctoral trainees:
      • Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their TL1 appointment and be enrolled in a program leading to a Ph.D. or an equivalent research doctoral degree program.
      • Predoctoral trainees will be considered after completion of degree-required coursework and fulfillment of qualifying exams.
      • Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for one year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible.
    • Postdoctoral trainees:
      • Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the TL1 appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr.PH., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D., as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research.
      • Postdoctoral trainees will be appointed early in their postdoctoral research training. Advanced postdoctoral scientists (more than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience) should consider applying for the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01).
      • Postdoctoral MD trainees will typically be recruited at the end of their clinical fellowship, with their TL1 training coinciding with the research portion of their subspecialty fellowship.
      • To offer flexibility, highly motivated/well-prepared MD applicants who prefer to engage in research training prior to their clinical fellowship will also be considered.
      • Clinical trainees must commit at least 75% of their total effort to research training.
  • The individual to be trained must be a United States citizen or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of their TL1 appointment.
  • The two-year training period will include cross-disciplinary mentored research and activities supported by the Chicago KUH FORWARD Professional Development and Network Cores. All trainees supported on the TL1 are expected to submit first-author manuscripts based on their mentored research project. Submission of an individual fellowship grant (NIH or other) is a requirement for 2nd year. Trainees will participate in dedicated grant writer groups to assist them in applying for grants.
  • Trainees will be required to select a primary mentor and at least one other mentor from a discipline different than that of the chosen primary mentor.
  • Trainees will participate in an integrated didactic and mentored research program personalized to their individual needs and overseen by the TL1 Executive Committee. Oversight will include development and monitoring of trainees’ individual development plans (IDPs).

 Application Process

Full applications for the TL1 Training Program will be accepted on a rolling basis contingent on availability of trainee slots.

The application process includes three components:

1. Application Form. All applicants must submit the online Application Form.

Click here to go to the Application Form

2. Supporting Application Materials. Applicants will be prompted to upload supporting application materials prior to submitting their Application Form.

  • Application materials for Predoctoral Trainees:
    • NIH Biosketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)The section for scholastic performance is required.
    • Personal statement addressing reasons for applying and long-term career objectives (max 2 pages)
    • Synopsis of thesis project and description of cross-disciplinary mentorship team (max 2 pages)
    • Statement of commitment from primary mentor and co-mentor. This may be one letter signed by all mentors or individual letters from each mentor.
  • Application materials for Postdoctoral Trainees:
    • NIH Biosketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)
      • The section for scholastic performance is required.
    • Personal statement addressing reasons for applying, prior research experience, long-term career objectives (max 2 pages)
    • Brief research proposal that outlines the applicant’s specific scientific objectives and description of cross-disciplinary mentorship team (max 2 pages)
      • Suggested structure for research proposal:
        • Specific Aims and Hypotheses
        • Background and Significance
        • Experimental Approach and Cross-Disciplinary Mentorship Team
        • Interpretation of Expected Results
    • Two references letters from individuals not directly involved in the application, but who are familiar with the applicant’s research qualifications, training, and interests. For example, for postdoctoral trainees with PhD degree, reference letters will be from supervisors/mentors they had during graduate school training. For postdoctoral trainees with MD degree, reference letters will be from residency or fellowship program directors, and or faculty with whom trainees have conducted research in the past.
    • Statement of commitment from primary mentor and co-mentor. This may be one letter signed by all mentors or individual letters from each mentor.

3. Presentations and Group Interviews

  • Each applicant will deliver a brief 20-minute presentation either on prior research, proposed research, or on a topic of scientific interest to the applicant
  • Each applicant will be interviewed by a group of interviewers composed of Selection Committee members, TL1 co-Directors, and other Chicago KUH FORWARD investigators.

 Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be reviewed based on the below criteria, the impact of lived experiences on the candidate’s career choices and academic trajectory and reflect the reviewer’s assessment of the likelihood that the fellowship will enhance the candidate’s progression to a productive independent scientific research career in a KUH research field.

Predoctoral review criteria:

  1. Record of academic achievement
  2. Research training plan
  3. Clarity of written communication
  4. Clarity of oral communication
  5. Motivation for pursuit of an academic research career
  6. Alignment of trainee interests with KUH research priority areas
  7. Commitment of mentoring team to the candidate

Predoctoral review criteria:

  1. Record of academic achievement
  2. Research training plan
  3. Clarity of written communication
  4. Clarity of oral communication
  5. Motivation for pursuit of an academic research career
  6. Alignment of trainee interests with KUH research priority areas
  7. Referees’ assessments of candidate’s academic and research accomplishments
  8. Commitment of mentoring team to the candidate

 

 Additional Information & Questions

For further information, determination of eligibility or assistance in identifying mentors, please contact chicago.kuhforward@northwestern.edu.