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Application Process

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the CEED program for helping me in the hard quest of launching an academic career. The CEED program was my first source of support and funding back in 2011, and thanks to that support I can now share with you and the CEED community that my K08 award has been funded by the NIH (NIGMS). I am certainly grateful for the opportunity your program provided for me, and for the impact the CEED initiative had in my career. As in the past, I want to make my self available to contribute in any way I can to the continuation, support and development of this very important program."

—Former CEED Scholar

Eligibility Requirements

The CEED Program is designed for fellows, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty who are conducting health science research.

To be eligible, applicants must have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DMD, or DDS) and must be from an underrepresented population (individuals from African American, Hispanic, Native/American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island population or individuals with disabilities). They must be committed to pursuing an academic career in health science research, and must be prepared to devote 12 consecutive months to research training (at least 50% protected effort). CEED participants can hold any citizenship.

To pursue the focused research training required by the CEED Program, each applicant must identify a faculty mentor who will help him or her create a research career development plan. In reviewing applications, the program committee will not only consider the applicant's strengths but will also consider the mentor's experience in the supervision of scholars and the adequacy of the mentor's research environment.

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Application Form and Requirements

If you are interested in applying to the CEED Program, please complete the online application. The application package must include the following components:

  1. The online application form.
  2. NIH biosketch.
  3. A one-page personal statement describing your research interests and how the program will benefit your health care research career in the United States.
  4. A curriculum vitae.
  5. A letter of support from the director of your postdoctoral program or from your division chief, department chair, or school dean. The letter should guarantee that at least 50% of your time will be protected for research and that you will receive coverage of tuition costs after your faculty or fellow benefits are applied.
  6. A letter of support from your primary mentor. The letter should state that the mentor is willing to meet with you for 1 hour each week and will attend an initial meeting with the scholar and program directors to plan for the upcoming year.

If you would like more information please contact the program coordinator, Lindsay Bell at 412-864-3324 or

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December 15 Applications open for July 1 admission
February 28, 11:59pm EST Deadline for receipt of completed applications
July 1 Official starting date of the program

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How to Submit the Application

Applicants should submit online.

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Selection Process

A program committee will conduct an initial review and screening process. Preference will be given to the following:

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