Postdoctoral Fellowships

To advance trainees with an established interest in firearm injury prevention to the next level, we offer focused post-doctoral opportunities. This program is designed to help trainees become successful in their firearm injury research or practice with hands-on experience and close mentoring by established injury researchers.

The Institute was awarded a NICHD-funded T32 Training Grant in 2022.

This grant addresses the critical need to build a continuous pipeline of research scientists focused on addressing the leading cause of pediatric mortality by establishing the nation’s first post-doctoral program providing research training on the prevention of firearm injuries among children and teens.

The overarching goal of this program is to build a diverse cadre of research scholars with two-year multidisciplinary training in the science of pediatric firearm injury prevention that will allow them to develop academic careers as independent research scientists making significant contributions to our understanding of this public health disease, as well as to developing and rigorously testing evidence-based prevention strategies.

The training program will recruit MD and/or PhD scholars that will progress towards research independence through three interrelated training activities:

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didactic training acquired through formal coursework, research seminars, workshops, and distinguished faculty lectures;

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experiential training acquired through an applied research experience conducted under the guidance of highly qualified mentoring faculty; and

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the preparation of a formal research project and/or grant proposal.

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Fellows will also receive training in the responsible conduct of research and methods to ensure scientific rigor and reproducibility in their work.

Given the early state of the field, we will utilize a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and multi-method approach that emphasizes:

  1. the need to establish foundational knowledge and methodological skills in pediatric firearm injury prevention science;
  2. the analysis of empirical data and a focus on theory building; and
  3. the use of multi-disciplinary approaches to advance stronger team science methods in the field.

Our program capitalizes on the breadth and depth of the research laboratories, clinical settings, academic programs, experienced faculty, and linkages to multiple research networks and centers at the University of Michigan to provide an unparalleled training environment for this training.

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The current cycle of applications is closed.

We expect to release the next call in Fall/Winter 2022. For more information, or to chat with the team about your interest, please email firearminjuryprevention@umich.edu.