Predoctoral trainees must be formally admitted into the University of Minnesota Epidemiology PhD program before the start of the training. Postdoctoral trainees must have earned a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD).

Criteria for selection of trainees include:

  • an outstanding academic record (e.g., GPA, quality of previous training institutions and programs);
  • career interests in CVD epidemiologic research in areas compatible with faculty interest and expertise;
  • positive letters of support;
  • prior publication record and other evidence of a commitment to and likely success in research;
  • the ability to recognize important research problems and a demonstrated capacity to seek solutions; and
  • intellectual integrity and enthusiasm.

Trainee Citizenship

At the time of appointment to the training program, individuals selected for research training supported by NRSA institutional training grants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Noncitizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying territories of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support. In addition, trainees must be able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.

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