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Seeking new dental scholars

February 20, 2012

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has fostered diversity among U.S. medical school faculty for the past 25 years. For the first time, the program is supporting dental scholars.

In 2012, dentists and physicians from historically disadvantaged backgrounds (ethnic, financial or educational) are encouraged to apply for four-year postdoctoral research awards. Candidates must be committed to pursuing careers in academic medicine or dentistry and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online until March 15.

For four years, each dental scholar will conduct research in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical or dental center that is noted for its training of young faculty and that has the capacity to pursue lines of investigation of particular interest to the scholar. The program offers up to eight four-year research awards in biomedical research, clinical investigation, and health services research and epidemiology. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each and a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities.

Eligibility requirements also include U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and completion of formal clinical training. Preference will be given to dentists and physicians who have recently completed their formal clinical training.

Applications may only be submitted online at www.rwjf.org/cfp/mfd. The deadline for receipt is March 15 at 3 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. All supporting documents and hard copies must be postmarked no later than March 16. Application instructions can be obtained online at www.amfdp.org.