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Research Fellows Program

The CHRS Research Fellows Program is a competitive program for American University faculty members working in the area of Health, Risk and Society, across all Schools, who are interested in securing external funding to support their research.

Up to five fellows will be selected annually to participate in this two-year program, which will provide successful applicants with the following resources:

  • Access to pilot funds (up to $25,000)
  • Person-centered mentorship on proposal development
  • One course buyout over the two-year program period
  • Assistance with the continuum of grant preparation, review, submission and implementation
  • Participation in a CHRS-sponsored grant writing accountability group
  • Access to student research interns
  • Access to senior mentors, within and beyond American University

An externally funded research grant is the ultimate goal of the program. A secondary aim is the creation of faculty cohorts providing opportunities for collaboration, peer mentorship and support.

We are grateful to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and to the Office of the Provost for their support of this program.

Timeline

  • October 15, 2018: Letter of intent due to chrs@american.edu
  • October 17, 2018: Applicants receive feedback on letter of intent
  • November 15, 2018: Research Fellows application due to chrs@american.edu
  • December 15, 2018: Application decisions sent out
  • January 15, 2019: launch of the first CHRS Research Fellows cohort

How to Apply

Letter of Intent

By October 15, 2018, please submit as one PDF document to chrs@american.edu:

A brief (approximately 200 words) statement of research interest in the area of health, risk and society that highlights how the CHRS Research Fellows program would support the faculty member’s goal of achieving external funding in the next two years.

Letter-of-intent feedback will be sent by October 17.

Application

Due November 15, 2018. Please note further details in the Application Checklist below.

Please submit the following in one pdf document to chrs@american.edu. Details are provided on the Application Checklist (Appendix I):

  • Current CV 
  • Personal statement (one page) describing interest in and capacity to achieve an externally funded research program that reflects the mission(as noted above) of the Center on Health, Risk and Society and that includes short, intermediate, and long-term research goals.
  • An explanation of how support from CHRS would lead to an externally funded grant (2 pages) including:
    • Anticipated impact of proposed research on the field
    • Targeted funder (s)
    • Well-developed timeline for a grant submission including timing of course buyout
    • Anticipated need for and justification for use of pilot funds. Note: in some instances, applicants may have limited need for pilot funds, e.g. have already collected pilot data.  
    • If an investigator has draft specific aims, please include but this is not required.
  • If an investigator has a proposed senior mentor (either internal or external to American University), please list. It is not necessary to have identified a senior mentor.
  • If an investigator has identified an undergraduate or graduate student that could provide CHRS supported student assistance to the proposed project, please list name and year. It is not necessary to have an identified student.

Please be sure that all of the information is contained in one pdf document in the following order. Use single spaced, 11-point Arial font for all documents.

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV containing:
    • Home and professional contact information
    • Educational and professional history
    • Peer reviewed publications and presentations
    • Any sponsored projects applied for, pending, funded, or completed
    • Any prior training, awards, or mentorship program participation
  • Personal statement (one page) describing:
    • Interest in and capacity to achieve an externally funded research program  that reflects the mission of the Center on Health, Risk and Society, and that includes short, intermediate, and long-term research goals. Note : the mission of CHRS is to promote and support transformative, multi-disciplinary research to understand and address the social context and structural drivers of health and risk across settings. 
    • Short, intermediate,and long-term research goals.
  • Research statement (two pages) that includes:
    • An explanation of how support from CHRS as would lead to an externally funded grant
    • Anticipated impact of proposed research on the field
    • Targeted funder(s)
    • Well-developed timeline for a grant submission including optimal timing of course buyout planned schedule for using pilot funds
    • Anticipated need for and justification for use of pilot funds if requested
    • If specific aims have been drafted, please include. Note: these are not expected or required and can be appended to the 2-page research statement.
    • If an investigator has a proposed senior mentor (either internal or external to American University), please list. It is not necessary to have identified a senior mentor.
    • If an investigator has identified an undergraduate or graduate student that could provide CHRS supported student assistance to the proposed project, please list name and year. It is not necessary to have an identified student.

Questions about the CHRS Research Fellows program? Email chrs@american.edu 

Applications to the CHRS Research Fellows program will be competitively reviewed by CHRS senior advisors. Criteria for review include anticipated impact of the proposed external research on the field and its significance to proposed funder(s); feasibility of proposed timeline; perceived benefit to applicant of CHRS resources and applicant’s readiness to pursue external funding. All participants will receive a brief summary statement providing feedback on their application.

A note on eligibility: Each cohort of Research Fellows will include at least 3 faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), given CAS’s financial commitment to the program.