CCHD Predoctoral Fellowship

The Carolina Consortium on Human Development offers a predoctoral training program for graduate students who are enrolled at one of our partnering institutions to work with CCHD mentor faculty. This highly-competitive two-year program provides a variety of opportunities for interdisciplinary training in Developmental Science.

In Year 1, trainees gain a foundation in Developmental Science broadly and in relation to a focused topic of interest through the CCHD consortium and class.  Trainees also apply this understanding through a research apprenticeship in which they prepare and submit a focused research paper (not the dissertation, comps or MA) that will involve collaboration with two CCHD mentors.  Trainees have access to CDS resources to support their work and receive a modest travel and research award.

In Year 2, trainees deepen their understanding of Developmental Science through continued participation in the CCHD consortium series and extend their application of this perspective in their doctoral work through the dissertation project.  They also become involved in our professional development series as they prepare for postdoctoral training or the job market. Given acceptable progress in the first year and the availability of funds, second year predoctoral trainees also receive an NRSA stipend (in addition to a travel and research stipend) to support their training activities.

In addition, trainees in both years are invited to participate in CCHD training opportunities as guided by their individually tailored training goals that they develop in tandem with their mentors through a formal Individual Development Plan.

We expect that candidates entering the two-year program will have completed a masters degree (or the equivalent) but not yet have begun the dissertation phase of their home program.  We anticipate that the funded second year will support students during their dissertation work and likely last year on campus.


Faculty mentors with questions about changes to the program or expectations are always welcome to contact Jennifer Coffman.

We anticipate recruitment in the spring of an additional 2-5 predoctoral trainees.