Call for Applications: Diversity Supplement Candidates – Boston, MA

Seeking Diversity Supplement Candidates for U01: Research Program for Children and Adversity: Refugee Program
Sponsor: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Principal Investigator: Theresa S. Betancourt, Sc.D., M.A.

Project summary:
The Research Program for Children and Adversity (RPCA): Refugee Program is seeking individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, at the graduate, post-doctoral, and investigator level to support a community based participatory action research (CBPR) project on refugee mental health for the RPCA, a research program that focuses on the health and mental health of children and youth facing adversity. The portfolio includes a randomized control trial of a family home-visiting intervention to strengthen Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees resettled in Massachusetts and Maine.

Soliciting: Candidates who might be interested in applying as a Diversity Fellow (must be US citizen or Green-card holder) to join. Particularly interested in people with a background in global mental health, clinical psychology, public health, social work, and/or implementation science in relation to interagency collaboration, and prior experience with large scale capacity building, in particular, in working with national and international institutions and government leadership. Must have solid quantitative skills; experience with qualitative data collection and analyses preferred. The program includes a mixed-methods approach, uses digital data collection platforms, and emphasizes translational research. Candidates should have a background and keen interest in implementation science and helping to develop mechanisms for Fidelity monitoring and quality improvement in mental health services as delivered by community health workers. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and able to work independently. The position is based in Boston and will involve occasional travel to communities and partner agencies in New England. 

Details on putting together an application for a diversity supplement to the RPCA U01 grant (Diversity Supplement funding is determined following NIMHD internal review):

The application requires three specific plans:
Research Plan 

The Research Plan should present evidence that the proposed experience is appropriate for the stage of the individual’s career, and that it will significantly enhance the individual’s research potential, while furthering the individual’s ability to pursue a research career. 

Graduate, postdoctoral and investigator level candidates are expected to have defined research projects. 

Note: projects or specific aims deleted during the initial peer review of the parent grant may not be proposed as the research basis for research supplement support.

Career Development Plan

Prepare a detailed Career Development Plan that will include objectives, benchmarks, and associated timelines. 

Describe how the research experience will foster the research capabilities of the candidate and explain how the research experience is related to the research goals and objectives of the parent grant. 

The Career Development Plan should also include plans for transition to the next stage of the candidate’s career level. For graduate, post doctoral, and investigator level candidates, a projected timeline delineating specific research milestones and other activities that will be made in an attempt to secure independent research funding (i.e., anticipated publications, grantsmanship workshops, timeframe for grant submissions and type of independent research support the candidate seeks).

Mentorship Plan

The Mentorship Plan should include:

  • Guidance on preparation of oral scientific presentations
  • Instructions on how to critically evaluate the literature and experimental design
  • Training in scientific writing (including grant proposal preparation), such as manuscripts, abstracts
  • Instruction in responsible conduct of research and how to design experiments
  • Guidance in the ethical conduct of research (including training in animal and human subjects’ protection, if

Interested Candidates are welcome contact our team with questions:

Daniel Young, Associate Director Administration 

Jordan Farrar, Associate Director, Research

Theresa Betancourt, Principal Investigator


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