Health Disparities Research Scholars

Health Disparities Research Scholars

OUR VISION

The goal of the HDRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program is to foster training opportunities for the next generation of investigators within health disparities research, with a focus on health among minoritized populations, particularly maternal/child, adolescent and family health. This is a 2-year in-person postdoctoral program.

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Equity, inclusion & diversity

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) call for greater diversity in the research workforce as a means to address health disparities. Attracting scholars of color from various disciplines such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, sociologists, social workers, and nutritionists, into academic research careers will help in this endeavor. Thus, to address not only the broad array of research areas outlined above but also the interdisciplinary nature of the possible candidates, the faculty is interdisciplinary and consists of physician scientists, perinatal researchers, sociologists, psychologists, nutritional scientists, epidemiologists and economists. Since retention of scholars from underrepresented populations in academic careers is essential, we are committed to making the environment supportive, academically rewarding, culturally enriching and professionally satisfying.

Our goals

The objective of the HDRS Program is to provide training at the postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority populations, as well as to attract and maintain underrepresented minorities in academic research careers. We integrate biomedical sciences, public health sciences, and sociocultural and behavioral sciences that are prerequisite to addressing health disparities.

Thus, the HDRS Program provides interdisciplinary and multifaceted opportunities for research.

Application Procedures

The goals for the HDRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program are to foster training opportunities for the next generation of investigators within health disparities research. The fellowship program has been supported since 2007 by an institutional training grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). The Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) program provides training and mentoring at the postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority populations with an emphasis on maternal/child, adolescent and family health. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and disciplines across the social, behavioral, biological, and health sciences are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit the following documents in a single pdf file to Tiffany Pence at tdpence@wisc.edu.

  1. HDRS Application Form or download here.
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Personal statement summarizing your research interests in the area of health disparities, professional career goals and expectations for the postdoctoral training experience (Limit to 3 pages)
  4. Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation OR one published/forthcoming article that best represents your intellectual interests.
  5. List of 3 References Required. One reference should be your dissertation chair.

Questions? Please contact us:

Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH, Program Director, mdurkin@wisc.edu.
Tiffany Pence, tdpence@wisc.edu.

Eligibility

Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the time of entry into the program.

Applicants must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status.

Stipends and Benefits: Stipend levels depend on years of related experience and are set by the National Institutes of Health. Fellows have access to the full range of resources offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each Fellow is provided with shared office space (when it is safe to return to campus), computer, health insurance, travel to conferences, and support for research training and professional development.

Diversity Statement: Diversity of experience, ability/disability, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation contribute to the richness of the training and professional experience for scholars and faculty participating in the Health Disparities Research Scholars Program.