Postdoctoral Fellows Training Program // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Postdoctoral Fellows Training Program

Postdoctoral Fellows Training Program

Proposals Due November 4, 2013

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The University of Notre Dame (UND) Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH)

is a university-wide institution that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low- and middle-income countries who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.

The strategic objectives of the Institute are to:

  1. Serve as a central organizing and coordinating Institute for global health activities across the University to encourage partnerships, maximize participation, and create synergies in interdisciplinary research, training, and service programs.
  2. Generate and share new knowledge to address health problems endemic to the global poor.
  3. Train a new generation of global health researchers to assume leadership positions in global health.
  4. Undertake service and service-learning in global health.

To support these objectives the Institute offers a Postdoctoral Fellows Training program. This is a competitive program to identify and support research projects with the potential to be greatly enhanced by the contribution of a postdoctoral fellow and also promise to advance the training of the next generation of global health researchers.  The goal of the program is to advance the research and training objectives of the EIGH, including the support of the best global health research, with a significant opportunity to leverage new sources of extramural funding.

Successful applicants may receive stipend support for a postdoctoral fellow (rate is determined according to the NIH guidance for postdoctoral fellows based on years of experience; e.g., FY’13 $39,264 + 20.1% benefits = $47,156) for a period of two years. The program is designed to fund postdoctoral fellows at the entry level.  Efforts to recruit fellows with prior postdoctoral experience can be considered but must be discussed with the EIGH leadership.  Applicants may also request up to $5,000 in research supplies or travel, which must be justified.

Eligibility of PI:

  1. Full time Teaching and Research (T&R) faculty who are eligible to submit research grants at the University of Notre Dame.  Research Faculty at Notre Dame and T&R Faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend are eligible to participate as co-mentors on proposals with the Notre Dame PI.
  2. Active member of the EIGH - an active member is defined as a member that consistently affiliates themselves with the Institute on their grant proposals.
  3. Have not been a recipient of an EIGH Pilot Project grant award, Building Multidisciplinary Teams, or Supplemental grant award, in the past 3 years (i.e., time of award not completion of award)

Eligibility of Postdoctoral Fellow:

Individuals must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S, D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Also acceptable is a statement by an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met. It is the responsibility of the PI to determine if a foreign degree is equivalent.


  1. To support the most meritorious research that contributes to the global health enterprise.
  2. Train the next generation of global health researchers.
  3. Provide funds to generate the preliminary data required for external grant submission.

Funding Amount, Restrictions, and Duration:

Investigators may request support for 2 years. Funding may be used for stipend, travel, and supplies to support a postdoctoral fellow. Funds that are not used after 2 years shall be returned to the Eck Institute for Global Health. The 2 year funding timeline will begin when the postdoctoral fellow is hired and begins training.

For successful applications the Eck Institute for Global Health will be responsible for advertising costs and recruitment/interview costs for up to three candidates.  Advertising and travel shall be arranged through the EIGH administrative office.

Successful applicants will be responsible for forming their own recruitment committee for interviewing and selecting the best postdoctoral fellow. It is expected that candidates brought to the UND campus will present a seminar and be introduced to the EIGH and the EIGH leadership.

Review Process:

Proposals must be submitted in the requested format in full before the published deadline. Additions and/or edits to proposals after the deadline will not be accepted. The Eck Institute for Global Health will review submitted proposals to ensure they meet eligibility criteria. Those proposals that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be returned to the Principal Investigator without further consideration. Eligible proposals will be reviewed by one internal and one external reviewer and scored on a scale of 1-6 (see below). The reviewers will be selected based on the expertise needed to evaluate the proposal. Applicants may be asked to submit a list of potential internal and external reviewers. An internal committee will review the critiques and will recommend proposals for funding to the Director of the Eck Institute for Global Health.

The PI will be required to submit a report in the requested format that describes progress at the end of each of the two years.  It is anticipated that external grants will be submitted based, at least in part, on the work performed through the Postdoctoral Fellow grant. Future funding from the EIGH will be contingent on demonstrated external grant submission. Although an awarded grant is obviously preferred, only grant submission is required.

Review Criteria:

The reviewer will consider the following criteria and scoring system:

  • Scientific merit of proposal (scored 0 to 4)
  • Mentoring/Training plan (scored 0 to 1)
  • Opportunities to leverage research for extramural funding (scored 0 to 1)

Submission Process:

If you have any questions regarding this request for applications please contact Dr. Kathy Taylor Email:; Phone: 631-1029.

The final application should be submitted electronically to the EIGH at with the Subject Line: “PI Name” Postdoctoral Fellow Program” by 4 November 2013.

Acceptance Conditions

In accepting an award from the Eck Institute for Global Health, the PI agrees to:

  • Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity.
  • Recognize funding from the EIGH on press releases, presentations, and publications associated with the funded research.
  • Affiliate grants based on the funded research with the Eck Institute for Global Health.
  • Submit an annual report to the EIGH. The report should include:

- Any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award

- Reference to any subsequent proposals or applications (e.g., fellowship applications, grant applications) resulting from the award to any outside agency or foundation

- Account for expenditures and any unspent funds, which shall be returned to the EIGH

- Act in accord with the policy that all permanent equipment purchased under the Grant is the property of the University unless otherwise specified when the grant is approved.