CCHD Predoctoral Fellowship

The mentor faculty of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) are pleased to announce a call for applications for predoctoral fellowships at the Center for Developmental Science.  This is a very competitive program and only those applications that are submitted with a CCHD faculty nomination will be considered.  We request that you bring this notice to the attention of highly qualified graduate students at our constituent universities whom you are willing to mentor during the fellowship. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 20, 2017.

Click here for the online application.

The predoctoral program is now a two-year training program. For most trainees, funding for the first year stipend will come from external sources that support their engagement in research (e.g., mentors’ grants, university fellowships) and funds for a travel or research allowance will come from the CDS. In the second year, a stipend and additional travel or research funding will be provided by the training grant. However, to allow flexibility in funding decisions, trainees may also compete for a limited number of two-year fellowships fully supported by the training grant. These fully-funded two-year fellowships are designed to facilitate continued diversity of candidates, mentors, institutions, and disciplines and recognize funding discrepancies that can make it difficult for mentors from some disciplines and participating institutions to secure the first year of research funding for their trainees. These fully-funded two-year positions also allow program flexibility that we can leverage to support the ethnic, disciplinary and institutional diversity of our training classes and to permit trainees to work with junior mentors (who may not yet have established grants) as members of their training teams.

In Year 1 of the predoctoral program (2017-2018), trainees will receive training in Developmental Science through the CCHD program and have the opportunity to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP), participate in the CCHD consortium and class (1 semester), and prepare and submit a focused research paper (not the dissertation, comps or MA) that will involve collaboration with two CCHD mentors.  All trainees in the first year will have access to CDS resources to support their work and receive a modest travel and research award.

In Year 2 of the program (2018-2019), the predoctoral trainees will carry out their dissertation work, continue participation in the CCHD consortium series, and become involved in our professional development training series as they prepare for postdoctoral training or the job market.  In addition, trainees in both years are invited to participate in CCHD training opportunities in targeted methodologies and topics as relevant to their IDP.  Given acceptable progress in the first year, all second-year predoctoral trainees will also receive an NRSA stipend as they expand their work and training in Developmental Science (in addition to a travel and research stipend).

We expect that candidates should be post-MA (or the equivalent) but not yet in the dissertation phase of their program of studies.  We anticipate that the funded second year will support students during their dissertation work and likely last year on campus.

Predoctoral trainees have mentoring teams that are comprised of a primary mentor as well as two additional CCHD faculty members.  The primary mentor should be a CCHD mentor faculty member (not affiliated or Center faculty) engaged in an active line of research; this mentor may be an assistant, associate or full professor/research scientist and will often be the dissertation advisor for the fellow.  The role of each mentor in the fellow’s training should be described as part of the application. Also solicited as part of the application process will be a brief statement from the proposed mentors that indicate:  their support for the proposal; the resources that will be made available to the fellow; and the possibilities for year 1 funding for the trainee.
The online application requires basic information along with a letter of interest, a 1-2 page summary of proposed research and training activities during the fellowship period, and a curriculum vitae. The research proposal should outline the applicant’s research interests and program as well as provide a description of a possible collaborative project with two CCHD mentor faculty members (one of whom may be the applicant’s mentor) and a description of their anticipated dissertation project and career goals.

Additionally, one letter of nomination from a CCHD faculty member and a copy of the student’s graduate transcripts should be sent to the attention of Jennifer Coffman at the Center for Developmental Science (

Materials will be reviewed beginning February 20, 2017.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents in accordance with NIH regulations.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jennifer Coffman at regarding their research plans and applications.