Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Translational Metabolism and Health

Program Details

Postdoctoral Disparities Research Fellows conduct disparities research as part of a multi-disciplinary team science approach to identifying novel and modifiable social and biological mediators of the higher risks of heart failure, kidney disease and death among minorities and the socioeconomically disadvantaged.  Fellows participate in a cross-disciplinary program geared towards training fellows for a career in health disparities research.  The training program includes a combination of didactic and experiential training, collaboration with other members in the Center, and a primary independent mentored research project.  As the focus of their primary and independent mentored research project, the Postdoctoral Disparities Research Fellow choose a concentration in basic, clinical or population sciences. Through their independent research projects, fellows collect data to be used for publication and research grant proposals to support the next stage in their career development.


Fellows are required to have completed a postgraduate doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DO, ScD, or equivalent) prior to beginning the fellowship.  The ideal scholar has a background in any of the following disciplines but other expertise will also be considered: clinical medicine, public health, environmental or nutrition health sciences, epidemiology, health policy or administration, or molecular biology.  Given the multidisciplinary activities of the fellowship, willingness to cross-train in more than one area is highly valued.  All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


This is a two-year fellowship with starting dates that can range from July through September.

Salary and Benefits

In addition to salary and benefits, fellows receive some funding to cover independent research projects, publication costs, and travel to professional conferences. Fellows are eligible to participate in the Northwestern University health and dental, group term and optional life insurance, long-term disability, FSA, retirement, and long-term care plans. Fellows are expected to devote 100% effort towards the fellowship and cannot hold any additional federal funding during the two-year fellowship. Support is provided for fellows to travel to at least one meeting per year related to the SFRN.