2019-2020 MnDRIVE Research Fellowships in Neuromodulation (Graduate, Postdoc, Residents/Clinical Fellows)

Deadline: 
January 21, 2019

University of Minnesota MnDRIVE Research Fellowships in Neuromodulation Graduate ● Postdoctoral ● Resident/Clinical Fellow2019-2020 Fellowship ProgramFellowships to start in the summer or fall of 2019

Deadline to Apply is 5:00 PM (CT) on January 21, 2019Recipients will be notified by March, 2019

Program Description The University of Minnesota announces its 2019-2020 Fellowship Program in Neuromodulation. Fellowships are funded by the Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions core area of the MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy) initiative. Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding graduate (doctoral) students, postdoctoral trainees and residents/clinical fellows pursuing basic, translational or clinical research in neuromodulation.

Neuromodulation is a transdisciplinary field focused on treating neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders with technological interventions at the neural interface that are non-destructive, reversible, and adjustable. Neuromodulation research integrates basic science, engineering, and clinical disciplines to yield new insights into brain function and develop therapeutic innovations that include electrical, magnetic, optogenetic, and ultrasound technologies. 

MnDRIVE MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions, a MnDRIVE core area of research and partnership, addresses complex and debilitating brain-related disorders by leveraging university and state investments in medicine and engineering and extending our vibrant partnerships with medical device industries in Minnesota. For more information about the MnDRIVE core area of Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions, go to: https://mndrive.umn.edu/brain. For more information on MnDRIVE please visit: https://mndrive.umn.edu/
Criteria for Selection Fellowship recipients will be selected based on academic record, clinical record (for residents/clinical fellows), relevance of the proposed research to neuromodulation, evidence of past and future research productivity, alignment of the training experience with the goals of the MnDRIVE initiative, and project quality.  Applicants working on projects with industry partners and/or commercial potential are especially encouraged to apply. 
Graduate Fellowships:  We seek outstanding doctoral students with strong undergraduate and graduate school records whose thesis research is focused on neuromodulation. Postdoctoral Fellowships:  We seek outstanding postdoctoral trainees who are planning on or already working with University of Minnesota faculty mentors on neuromodulation research at the University of Minnesota. 

Residents/Clinical Fellowships:  To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants should have an MD or MD/PhD, be a resident or fellow in a Board of Regents approved residency or clinical fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, and have a current license to practice medicine in Minnesota or a Minnesota Board of Medicine Residency permit by the award period. 

The University of Minnesota is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. 

Application Instructions
There are three parts to the application, all must be completed no later than  5:00 PM (CT) on January 21, 2018.

Part 1.  Online fellowship application form (https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xRIozqyAFeyZp3).  Applicant should complete the online fellowship application form no later than January 21, 2018.  The application calls for the following required information:   

  • Applicant name and contact information (telephone, email, current and permanent address).
  • University of Minnesota faculty mentor contact information (this will be the faculty mentor under whose direction the applicant will work should the applicant receive a fellowship) - name, phone, email, position, department. 
  • Names and contact information of two individuals who will write LETTERS OF SUPPORT on behalf of the applicant.   Indication of whether there is an industry collaboration or pathway to commercialization. 

Applicant should then upload in the application a  PDF document containing the following items in order:

  1. PROJECT TITLE and SUMMARY (1/2 page, font no smaller than 11 pt)
  2. STATEMENT of PROJECT SIGNIFICANCE.  Please provide a general statement of the PROJECT'S SIGNIFICANCE - 1 to 4 sentences in language appropriate for the general public, for example:     Dr. Smith's patient-centered research will lead to improved treatment for the critical motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.     
  3. STATEMENT of the potential of the fellowship experience to contribute to the health and quality of life of the citizens of Minnesota and/or the economic vitality of the state - 1 to 4 sentences.  Use language that is appropriate for the general public.  
  4. TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE (limit = 1 page, no smaller than 11 pt font).   For GRADUATE STUDENTS (doctoral) and POSTDOCTORAL applicants:  The TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE should include a succinct description of the research project, tell how the research will advance the field of neuromodulation, tell how it aligns with MnDRIVE goals, and explain how obtaining this fellowship will benefit the applicant's career aspirations.  For projects needing IACUC or IRB approval, please indicate the status of your project with respect to obtaining the approvals.   Applicants who are MnDRIVE fellows applying for a second year of funding should also include a summary of the progress to date on their MnDRIVE supported training experience (Limit = 1/2 page in addition to the page allowed for the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE, no smaller than 11 pt font). For RESIDENT/CLINICAL FELLOW FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS:   The TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE should include succinct descriptions of BOTH the clinical training plan and research project.   Applicants should also indicate how the proposed training experience will advance the field of neuromodulation, how it aligns with MnDRIVE goals, and how obtaining this fellowship will benefit the applicant's career aspirations.   The proposed training experience should include significant research and clinical components (though the relative weighting of each component may depend on the professional goals and aspirations of the applicant).   For projects needing IACUC or IRB approval, please indicate the status of the project with respect to obtaining the approvals.  Applicants who are MnDRIVE fellows applying for a second year of funding should also include a summary of the progress to date on their MnDRIVE supported training experience. (limit = 1/2 page in addition to the 1 page allowed for the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE,  no smaller than 11 pt font). 
  5. OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION for TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE:  One image containing up to two graphs or diagrams to support the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE (limit = 1/2 page), AND  one page of  BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES.
  6. TIMELINE with KEY MILESTONES and DELIVERABLE(S) (limit = 1/2 page, no smaller than 11 pt font):  TIMELINE with KEY MILESTONES in the award period should be described or illustrated, and, in 1 or 4 sentences, applicant should clearly state the TRAINING EXPERIENCE DELIVERABLE(S) expected at the end of the award period.  For projects needing IACUC or IRB approval, please indicate the status of your project with respect to obtaining the approvals.  If applicant does not yet have approval, the anticipated dates  for 1) submitting an IRB protocol and 2) attaining final approval must be represented in the timeline.  
  7. INDUSTRY PARTNER AND ROLE (Limit = 1/2 page, no smaller than 11 pt font):  Applicant should indicate whether there is an industry partner.  If there is an industry partner, applicant should identify the partner by name of the industry/business and describe the business and the partner's role in the project.
  8. PATHWAY to COMMERCIALIZATION (Limit = 1/2 page, no smaller than 11 pt font).  Applicant should indicate whether there is a pathway to commercialization for the project.  If so, the applicant should briefly describe that pathway. 
  9. APPLICANT CV that includes previous education, honors/awards, research experience, publications, conference abstract titles, and IP (e.g., disclosures/patents) (upload file, limit = 2 pages).  The CV should also contain the applicant's GPA for all academic institutions attended. 

Part 2.  LETTERS OF SUPPORT from two professional references.  Applicant should arrange for a LETTER OF SUPPORT  to be submitted by each of two references (other than the faculty mentor) who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and research potential (each letter should be no longer than 2 pages).  Letter writers should submit letters by email to mnbc-fel@umn.edu no later than January 21, 2019.   

Part 3.  LETTER OF CONFIRMATION from U of MN faculty mentor. The U of M faculty mentor should send a LETTER OF CONFIRMATION that identifies the applicant, states the project title and confirms that he or she will mentor the applicant during the award period should the applicant receive a fellowship (Letter of Confirmation should be no longer than 1/2 page).  U of M faculty mentor should submit letter by email to mnbc-fel@umn.edu no later than January 21, 2019.  

 

For Questions
Dori Henderson, PhD | Program Manager, MnDRIVE Brain Conditions
Department of Neuroscience | University of Minnesota \6-145 Jackson Hall | Minneapolis, MN 55455|
Direct: 
 612.626.2321 | Email: hend0054@umn.edu