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Graduate Scholar

 

Open only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

 

GRADUATE SCHOLAR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

[note: click here for a printable pdf of this information]  

[note: click here for the required Letter of Recommendation Form]

Program Description

The HEALTH-FAST Program is designed to enhance the education and training of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and Early-Stage Investigators (ESIs) in addiction sciences, with a particular focus on encouraging individuals from groups underrepresented in the health sciences to pursue substance abuse research careers in an academic or medical setting. The program offers cutting-edge educational activities and transformative hands-on research and developmental experiences.

Graduate Scholars will receive education, methodology, and grant writing experiences that are designed to facilitate their graduation and strengthen their national competitiveness to secure a substance abuse postdoctoral fellowship and/or faculty research position in an academic or medical setting. The HEALTH-FAST Program offers outstanding training opportunities, including:

  • HEALTH-FAST seminars on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use designed to develop
    in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge in substance abuse and its associations with chronic diseases.

  • Mentored substance-abuse research project at a UH laboratory. Graduate trainees will be matched with a UH faculty mentor who will provide hands-on research experience.

  • HEALTH-FAST Research Rounds to refine future research ideas, advance research methods, and enhance the trainees’ presentation skills.

  • Professional development seminars to enhance resiliency and retention in a research career.

  • Grant writing course to build grant writing skills and competency.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

  • Quarterly group mentoring and publication program.

Eligibility

  • HEALTH-FAST graduate scholars must be doctoral students who are starting their first or second year of training at the University of Houston in the upcoming fall semester.

  • Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited domestic or foreign academic intuition.

  • Applicants should be in excellent academic standing as measured by adequate degree progress relative to program milestones (as applicable).

  • Applicants should not be gainfully employed >10 hours a week in a position or should be willing to relinquish it in order to fully participate in HEALTH-FAST programming while maintaining full-time academic status.

  • This fellowship is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Funding 

  • Graduate scholars receive stipends ($1,500 months) with the expectation that they will work 20 hours on their mentored research projects and engaging in other HEALTH-FAST programing.

 

Terms of the Award

  • Graduate trainees must commit 20 hours a week to HEALTH-FAST programming for 1 academic year and 1 summer month that follows the academic year (total = 10 months). Trainees are expected to dedicate about 15 hours a week in supervised research activities with their research mentor and about 5 hours in other program elements.

  • Graduate trainees are expected to participate in all relevant evaluation activities, including those that span beyond their active participation in the program.

Application Components

​NOTE: Your application will not be accepted if any of the following items are missing, unclear or incomplete. Please read these instructions carefully.

 

  1. Submit your application via email (healthfast@uh.edu) by July 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST). Include the following documents in one PDF file:

  2. Statement of Purpose, a 2-page description of your education and research background, research and career interests and goals, and fit with the HEALTH-FAST Program. Explain how this program will help you meet your goals. References are not included in the 2-page limit.

  3. A completed Letter of Recommendation from the applicant’s major professor/advisor addressing their fit and capability to achieve the expected milestones using a standardized form available here.

  4. A current Curriculum Vita.

  5. A completed Demographic Information Formaccessible here

FORMAT

Margins:  0.5 or 1 inch

Format: Single-Spaced

Standard Paper Size:  8.5 x 11

Font Color:  Black

Font Size:  11 or 12 point font

Font Types:  Arial, Times New Roman, or Georgia

Top right corner of each page of the supporting documents must include applicant name & “HEALTH-FAST” (e.g., “Jane Doe – HEALTH-FAST”). 

Application Review Process

 

Phase 1: Initial Application

  • All application components must be emailed to healthfast@uh.edu by July 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST).

  • Confirmation of receipt and the application decision date will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 business days after receipt of their application materials.

 

Phase 2: Interview

  • Finalists will be invited for a video conference interview with the MPIs (Drs. Obasi and Reitzel).

  • Interviews will last up to one hour and will include discussion of the finalists’ interests in substance abuse research, research experience, and long-term career plans.

  • Acceptance decisions will be conveyed via email within 1-2 weeks after the interview.

Application Review Criteria

The HEALTH-FAST program will use the following criteria when reviewing applications:

 

  1. Relevance: Are the career and research interests of the applicant clearly described in the personal statement?

  2. Promise and educational benefit to the applicant’s career development: Will the HEALTH-FAST Program accelerate the applicant's interest in and career development toward transitioning into an independent research career in an area responsive to NIDA funding priorities? Does the applicant have the intellectual experience and work ethic to benefit from the HEALTH-FAST Program?

    • Note: Individuals under-represented in the sciences (e.g., women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, African American scholars, Latinx scholars) will be given preference in selection decisions.

  3. Resources and Support: Are the applicants' research interests aligned with those of the proposed mentors and existing resources?

 

Important Information

  • All application documents are due by July 1, 2022. Missing items will result in an incomplete application and will not be reviewed.

  • Refer to the TRAINING page of the website for more information. If you have questions that are not answered by that information, please email healthfast@uh.edu.

Chemistry Class
 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Open only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

[note: click here for a printable pdf of this information]

Program Description

The HEALTH-FAST Program is designed to enhance the education and training of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and Early-Stage Investigators (ESIs) in addiction sciences, with a particular focus on encouraging individuals from groups underrepresented in the health sciences to pursue substance abuse research careers in an academic or medical setting. The program offers cutting-edge educational activities and transformative hands-on research and developmental experiences.

The 2022 summer program will focus on emerging issues in cannabis research.

Postdoctoral trainees will receive education, methodology, and grant writing experiences that are designed to facilitate the successful transition into an independent research career in an area responsive to NIDA funding priorities. The HEALTH-FAST Program offers outstanding training opportunities, including:

  • Intensive 1-month virtual summer immersion program (June 1 –  30, 2022) and year-long virtual programming on tobacco-related topics and associated disparities in use, morbidity, and mortality.

  • HEALTH-FAST seminars on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use designed to develop in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge in substance abuse and its associations with chronic diseases.

  • Grant Writing Boot Camp to accelerate the development of grant writing skills.

  • Mock Grant Review to better understand NIH review processes and considerations.

  • Professional development seminars to enhance resiliency and retention in a research career.

Eligibility

  • HEALTH-FAST Postdoctoral trainees must have successfully completed a PhD, MD, DSW, DDS or comparable degree in a health-related field prior to starting the program.

  • Applicants must be specializing or re-specializing in substance abuse research and have a strong interest in tobacco related topics. 

  • Applicants must be employed at a U.S. institution of higher education or medical center.

  • This fellowship is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Funding 

  • Postdoctoral trainees receive stipends of $3,000 for their month of participation in the intensive summer program and year-long virtual programming, and an additional $1,000 after the associated grant application is submitted for funding consideration. Additional funds are available for external pre-submission grant reviews during their year of participation in the program.

 

Terms of the Award

  • Postdoctoral trainees must be willing and available to participate in a virtual, intensive 1-month summer immersion program and year-long virtual programming.

  • Time-intensive virtual summer programming includes two sessions per day (12.5 hours a week) during the 1-month summer intensive HEALTH-FAST Program (June 1 – June 30, 2022).
  • Postdoctoral trainees are expected to participate in quarterly group consultation and grant support meetings that will take place virtually during the academic year following the summer program.

  • Postdoctoral trainees are expected to submit a grant application for funding consideration by the end of the training year.

  • Postdoctoral trainees are expected to participate in all relevant evaluation activities, including those that span beyond their active participation in the program.

Application Components

​NOTE: Your application will not be accepted if any of the following items are missing, unclear or incomplete. Please read these instructions carefully.

 

  1. Submit your application via email (healthfast@uh.edu) by April 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST). Include the following documents in one PDF file:

  2. Statement of Purpose, a 2-page description of your education and research background, research and career interests and goals, and fit with the HEALTH-FAST Program. Explain how this program will help you meet your goals. References are not included in the 2-page limit.

  3. A Letter of Support from the applicant’s research mentor to ensure this educational opportunity is within the scope of their postdoctoral fellowship.

  4. A current Curriculum Vita.

  5. A draft specific aims page for a grant application to be worked on during and submitted as part of the HEALTH-FAST Program.

  6. A completed Demographic Information Form accessible here

FORMAT

Margins:  0.5 or 1 inch

Format: Single-Spaced

Standard Paper Size:  8.5 x 11

Font Color:  Black

Font Size:  11 or 12 point font

Font Types:  Arial, Times New Roman, or Georgia

Top right corner of each page of the supporting documents must include applicant name & “HEALTH-FAST” (e.g., “Jane Doe – HEALTH-FAST”). 

Application Review Process

 

Phase 1: Initial Application

  • All application components must be emailed to healthfast@uh.edu by April 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST).

  • Confirmation of receipt and the application decision date will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 business days after receipt of their application materials.

 

Phase 2: Interview

  • Finalists will be invited for a video conference interview with the MPIs (Drs. Obasi and Reitzel).

  • Interviews will last up to one hour and will include discussion of the finalists’ interests in substance abuse research, research experience, and long-term career plans.

  • Acceptance decisions will be conveyed via email within 1-2 weeks after the interview.

Application Review Criteria

The HEALTH-FAST program will use the following criteria when reviewing applications:

 

  1. Relevance: Are the career and research interests of the applicant clearly described in the personal statement?

  2. Promise and educational benefit to the applicant’s career development: Will the HEALTH-FAST Program accelerate the applicant's interest in and career development toward transitioning into an independent research career in an area responsive to NIDA funding priorities? Does the applicant have the intellectual experience and work ethic to benefit from the HEALTH-FAST Program?

    • Note: Individuals under-represented in the sciences (e.g., women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, African American scholars, Latinx scholars) will be given preference in selection decisions.

  3. Resources and Support: Are the applicants' research interests aligned with those of the proposed mentors and existing resources?

 

Important Information

  • All application documents are due by April 1, 2022. Missing items will result in an incomplete application and will not be reviewed.

  • Refer to the TRAINING page of the website for more information. If you have questions that are not answered by that information, please email healthfast@uh.edu.

Laboratory Scientist

Early Stage Investigator

 

Open only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

EARLY STAGE INVESTIGATORS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

[note: click here for a printable pdf of this information]

Program Description

The HEALTH-FAST Program is designed to enhance the education and training of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and Early-Stage Investigators (ESIs) in addiction sciences, with a particular focus on encouraging individuals from groups underrepresented in the health sciences to pursue substance abuse research careers in an academic or medical setting. The program offers cutting-edge educational activities and transformative hands-on research and developmental experiences.

The 2022 summer program will focus on emerging issues in cannabis research.

ESI Trainees will receive education, methodology, and grant writing experiences that are designed to facilitate the successful transition into an independent research career in an area responsive to NIDA funding priorities. The HEALTH-FAST Program offers outstanding training opportunities, including:

  • Intensive 1-month virtual summer immersion program (June 1 – June 30, 2022) and year-long virtual programming on tobacco-related topics and associated disparities in use, morbidity, and mortality.

  • HEALTH-FAST seminars on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use designed to develop in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge in substance abuse and its associations with chronic diseases.

  • Grant Writing Boot Camp to accelerate the development of grant writing skills.

  • Mock Grant Review to better understand NIH review processes and considerations.

  • Professional development seminars to enhance resiliency and retention in a research career.

Eligibility

  • ESI applicants must be faculty members with budgeted research time (e.g., tenured/tenure-track faculty, research faculty, etc.) who have a PhD, MD, DSW, DDS or comparable degree in a health-related field.

  • Applicants must be specializing or re-specializing in addictions research and have a strong interest in tobacco related topics.

  • Applicants must be employed at a U.S. institution of higher education or medical center.

  • Applicants must have completed their terminal research degree or end of postdoctoral clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years.

  • Applicants cannot have previously received a substantial NIH independent research award as a Principal Investigator/Project Director (e.g., R01), but highly competitive applicants will have a history of application for, and potentially receipt of, small grant awards (i.e., R03, R21), (internal) institutional awards, and or foundation funding, etc.

  • This fellowship is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Funding 

  • ESIs receive stipends of $3,000 for their month of participation in the intensive summer program and year-long virtual programming, and an additional $1,000 after the associated grant application is submitted for funding consideration. Additional funds are available for external pre-submission grant reviews during their year of participation in the program.

 

Terms of the Award

  • ESI Trainees must be willing and available to participate in a virtual, intensive 1-month summer immersion program and year-long virtual programming.

  • Time-intensive virtual summer programming includes two sessions per day (12.5 hours a week) during the 1-month summer intensive HEALTH-FAST Program (June 1 – June 30, 2022).

  • ESI Trainees are expected to participate in quarterly group consultation and grant support meetings that will take place virtually during the academic year following the summer program.

  • ESI Trainees are expected to submit a grant application for funding consideration by the end of the training year.

  • ESI Trainees are expected to participate in all relevant evaluation activities, including those that span beyond their active participation in the program.

Application Components

​NOTE: Your application will not be accepted if any of the following items are missing, unclear or incomplete. Please read these instructions carefully.

 

  1. Submit your application via email (healthfast@uh.edu) by April 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST). Include the following documents in one PDF file:

  2. Statement of Purpose, a 2-page description of your education and research background, research and career interests and goals, and fit with the HEALTH-FAST Program. Explain how this program will help you meet your goals. References are not included in the 2-page limit.

  3. Submit a current NIH Biosketch using the latest available template.

  4. A draft specific aims page for a grant application to be worked on during and submitted as part of the HEALTH-FAST Program.

  5. A completed Demographic Information Formaccessible here

FORMAT

Margins:  0.5 or 1 inch

Format: Single-Spaced

Standard Paper Size:  8.5 x 11

Font Color:  Black

Font Size:  11 or 12 point font

Font Types:  Arial, Times New Roman, or Georgia

Top right corner of each page of the supporting documents must include applicant name & “HEALTH-FAST” (e.g., “Jane Doe – HEALTH-FAST”). 

Application Review Process

 

Phase 1: Initial Application

  • All application components must be emailed to healthfast@uh.edu by April 1, 2022 (5:00 PM CST).

  • Confirmation of receipt and the application decision date will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 business days after receipt of their application materials.

 

Phase 2: Interview

  • Finalists will be invited for a video conference interview with the MPIs (Drs. Obasi and Reitzel).

  • Interviews will last up to one hour and will include discussion of the finalists’ interests in substance abuse research, research experience, and long-term career plans.

  • Acceptance decisions will be conveyed via email within 1-2 weeks after the interview.

Application Review Criteria

The HEALTH-FAST program will use the following criteria when reviewing applications:

 

  1. Relevance: Are the career and research interests of the applicant clearly described in the personal statement?

  2. Promise and educational benefit to the applicant’s career development: Will the HEALTH-FAST Program accelerate the applicant's interest in and career development toward transitioning into an independent research career in an area responsive to NIDA funding priorities? Does the applicant have the intellectual experience and work ethic to benefit from the HEALTH-FAST Program?

    • Note: Individuals under-represented in the sciences (e.g., women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, African American scholars, Latinx scholars) will be given preference in selection decisions.

  3. Resources and Support: Are the applicants' research interests aligned with those of the proposed mentors and existing resources?

 

Important Information

  • All application documents are due by April 1, 2022. Missing items will result in an incomplete application and will not be reviewed.

  • Refer to the TRAINING page of the website for more information. If you have questions that are not answered by that information, please email healthfast@uh.edu.

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