NIMH Pre-doctoral Traineeship


The University of Minnesota’s Center for Personalized Prevention Research in Children’s Mental Health (CPPR) would like to announce a training opportunity. The Translational Prevention Science Training Program is a NIMH sponsored T32 training grant to support pre-doctoral fellows in translational prevention science.

The goal of the Translational Prevention Science Training Program is to provide education and training opportunities for students aspiring to conduct research in prevention science in children’s mental health. The traineeship will prepare young investigators to conduct translational research leading to the discovery of new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs of children and adolescents who are at risk for developing mental, emotional, behavioral, and/or substance use disorders.

This is an announcement for a call for applications. We invite current first- and second-year graduate students enrolled full-time in Ph.D. graduate programs at the University of Minnesota to apply.

For the academic year 2017-2018, we expect to admit one pre-doctoral trainee to the program. The Research Service Award pays a 12-month stipend(s) plus some additional funds for travel and research-related expenses. In addition, the award pays a portion of tuition and health insurance. The traineeship will last for two years (through the academic year 2018-19), assuming the continuation of the training grant and the student’s satisfactory progress.

Duties and responsibilities as a trainee include: (1) Participation in a translational research apprenticeship as a member of a transdisciplinary research team, (2) Execution of a research project in collaboration with a child-serving community agency or system, (3) Participation in the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) and the CPPR’s Early Career Investigators Network (ECIN), and (4) Attendance at various colloquia series sponsored by The Center for Personalized Prevention Research, Institute for Translational Research, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and/or Human Capital Research Collaborative. Trainees will be expected to present their research through a trainee forum as well as at local and national conference venues. All trainees are expected to either complete or already have completed training in the ethical conduct of research. In addition, trainees must remain in full-time residence at the University of Minnesota throughout the term of their appointment.

Eligible students must be United States citizens.


Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following materials (in PDF format) to Nicole Morrell (, by Friday, March 31st, 2017.

(1) Application coversheet

(2) 1-2 page proposal describing the research and scholarship you intend to undertake in the next two years, highlighting awards or recognition you have received, and making an argument for why assigning you to the fellowship would be consistent with the goals of the training grant (this part is critical, trainees’ research programs must clearly match the goals of the training grant)

(3) Copy of your graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

(4) Curriculum vita

(5) Three letters of recommendation

The materials will be reviewed, candidates will be interviewed and selection will be made by a faculty training committee.


Criteria for Selection:

The criteria for selection include progress in research and scholarship, progress toward meeting program requirements, and fit with the mission of the training grant. The overarching goal of the training program is to educate and mentor the next generation of prevention scientists in children’s mental health.

The NIMH’s goal in awarding training grants is to contribute to the training of promising researchers who will contribute to its mission through research and future obtainment of NIMH research grant monies. As such, students are encouraged to provide evidence of the following in their applications: (1) the research project(s) the student is involved in and their role on those projects; and (2) the student’s experience and/or role in the publication process, if any.

For this year’s call for applications, eligible 2nd year and 3rd year students (i.e. current 1st and 2nd year students) are invited to apply.

If you have questions about eligibility or any other questions, contact Gerald August ( or Nicole Morrell (

Past and Current Trainees:
Calvary Diggs, Educational Psychology 2016-current
Kate Gliske, Family Social Science 2014-current
Eric Thibodeau, Institute of Child Development 2014-2016