Eligibility

Applicants must be US citizens, US noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents. (Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support.)

Predoctoral trainees must be formally admitted into a PhD program at the University of Minnesota before the training starts.

Postdoctoral trainees must have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, etc.) in health sciences or related fields (laboratory, clinical, nutrition, and epidemiology). Demonstrated experience or potential in research is the primary criteria for appointment.

Criteria for selection of all trainees include academic performance and a career orientation toward independent research in an academic, clinical, or public health setting related to obesity prevention.

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 US, or must have been lawfully admitted to the US 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 US possessions (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 to the program at the time of appointment.

Fellowship Positions—Availability
There are three predoctoral and three postdoctoral fellowship positions with the program. Positions become available at irregular intervals.

Please contact the program co-director Catherine Kotz (kotzx004@umn.edu) or the program manager Kerrin Brelje (kbrelje@umn.edu) for further information.

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