Application Process

All scholar positions currently are filled. The next round of applications is dependent on the competitive renewal process. Prospective scholars can email Dr. Michael Mueller with questions.

  1. Application Form
  2. Career Development Plan

    Your career development plan must be no more than five pages in length. It should include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Your career goals
    • The research experience or graduate coursework you have taken to prepare you for this training opportunity
    • Your proposed mentors and why you have selected them
    • Course work or other didactic preparation you are planning to take and why
    • A timeline with the primary activities and goals for each year of the training program clearly delineated
    • How you will transition from your funded training (first two years) to your "home" faculty position (last three years)
    • How getting the award will change/affect your career
  3. Research Plan

    Your research plan must be no more than five pages in length and should follow the standard NIH format:
    • Title
    • Abstract
    • Specific aims
    • Background and Significance
    • Preliminary Data (if available)
    • Research Design and Methods
    • Include a specific budget for how you would use research ($20,000) and travel ($5,000) funding.
  4. NIH Biosketch—Please use the current NIH biosketch format.
  5. The Career Development Plan, Research Plan, and Biosketch should be submitted in one PDF document.
  6. Mentors

    You will need to select two mentors who should be from different disciplines. At least one should be an OT or PT. Designate a primary and a secondary mentor. Keep in mind that you will need to get a letter of support from both of your mentors, so you will need to establish a relationship if you don't already have one. Contact a member of the advisory committee if you need assistance in identifying mentors. Each mentor must provide a NIH Biosketch in addition to a recommendation letter.
  7. References

    You must provide names and email addresses for two references in addition to your proposed mentors. Each person must provide a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. Your application cannot be reviewed until it is complete, so the sooner your reference letters are submitted, the better. Electronic submissions will be accepted from the reference's email address only.

    In addition to references letters from your primary and secondary mentor, reference letters must come from the following people:
    1. Your department/division chair.

      The letter should include the following points:
      • They will guarantee 75% protected time for research in years 1 and 2.
      • At least 50% and preferably 75% of the candidate's effort will be protected to conduct research related activities during years 3-5.
      • The letter must detail the applicant’s responsibilities outside of research. It must also identify the specific teaching and service responsibilities that the candidate will have during the entire five years.
      • Identify what space, equipment, and departmental/institutional funding will be made available to the candidate during the five years. For example, if relocation of the candidate is necessary, will the department help defer some of the candidate's expenses. Similarly, for the last three years, will any travel money or equipment be made available to the candidate?
      • Permission and support to allow the candidate to attend the training workshops during all five years of training.
    2. One Other Reference who is knowledgeable about your ability to become an independent investigator.
    3. If your department head is the same person as your primary or secondary mentor, you are welcome to submit another recommendation letter from a reference who is knowledgeable about your ability to become an independent investigator.
    4. Do not submit more than four recommendation letters. Additional recommendation letters or letters of support will be removed from your application.
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