7 Fellowships for Behavioral Scientists

Oct 16, 2018 • Views 846

Does working at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, learning about science and technology policy in Washington D.C., or pursuing your research in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City seem exciting? This list of seven fellowships is for behavioral scientists who want to take their research to the next level. While some are open to students in graduate school, most require that applicants possess a terminal degree in their field. If one of these catches your eye, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The overarching goal of the CPFP is to provide a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. The Program provides to 4 years of financial support, a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an equivalent degree at any one-year accrediting university program, and mentored research opportunities at the NCI or at the FDA. You must possess an MD, PhD, JD, or other doctoral degree in a related discipline and have less than 5 years postdoctoral experience. Each stipend will be determined by the individual’s degree and years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

CDC Evaluation Fellows work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs in Atlanta to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs for two years. Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects. Fellows are typically based in Atlanta, although we have had some Fellows at CDC Centers in Washington, DC. Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship

This 12-week professional development fellowship engages fellows in the analytical process that informs US science and technology policy. Fellows develop the basic skills necessary to participate in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed a graduate degree within the last 5 years may apply. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law, business, public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field. Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500.

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships support highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development as they advance their research, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth. Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply. Grants support the fellow for 3 years and additional workshops and networking opportunities are available.

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars Program

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation’s New York headquarters. Research carried out by fellows analyzes the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. Scholars are provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and supplemental salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary. All scholar applicants must have a PhD or comparable terminal degree.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicants for the F31 must be candidates for the PhD degree and have identified a dissertation research project and sponsor(s). The fellowship may provide up to five years (typically 2-3 years) of support for research training which leads to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

The goal of the SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) program is to promote fundamental research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; enhance the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering; provide an opportunity for independence and advanced training under the direction of a sponsor; and encourage doctoral-level scientists (who are not yet in full-time positions) to take advantage of the two-year fellowship to prepare for scientific careers in academia, industry or private sector, and government. Support may be requested for up to 24 months at a level of $69,000 per year and may be prorated accordingly.

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