Friday, August 8, 2008

Fellowship in Drug Abuse

The INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship combines postdoctoral research
training in the United States with professional development activities and
grant-writing guidance to form a unique program for drug abuse scientists.

Fellows may conduct their research in any aspect of the biomedical or
behavioral science of drug abuse and addiction. Previous Fellows have
conducted research in all aspects of drug abuse and addiction, from social
science to basic science, including epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and
preclinical and clinical sciences. Fellows and their mentors are encouraged
to develop jointly and seek funding for a collaborative research project to
be conducted in the Fellow’s home country. Fellows and their U.S. mentors
are part of a network of international scientists who exchange information
and collaborate on drug abuse research nationally, regionally, and globally.

What Does the Fellowship Include?

The 12-month fellowship provides –
Rigorous postdoctoral research training with a NIDA grantee at a U.S.
Professional development activities that help you establish personal
relationships with NIDA grantees and NIDA officials who are willing to
continue working with you after you return home.
A stipend of $36,000US for living and personal expenses, round-trip travel,
and a $4,000US allowance to cover the cost of health insurance and
professional development activities.

Who Is Eligible?

The requirements for INVEST applicants are –
An earned doctoral degree in medicine, public health, biomedical,
behavioral, or social sciences.
A minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral research experience, including a
demonstrated ability to engage in independent research.
Written assurance from an institution in the home country that there is a
position to which the applicant can return after completing the fellowship.
Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Citizenship or permanent residency in a country other than the United
Status of living and working outside the United States at the time the
application is submitted.
Eligibility for the J-1 visa to enter the United States.

How Should I Apply?

The INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship application requires careful and
thorough coordination between the applicant and mentor:
Contact a NIDA-supported researcher in the United States who is willing to
serve as a mentor. The mentor must be a current NIDA grantee.
Notify the NIDA International Program of your plans to apply.
Write a detailed research plan for working with the U.S. mentor on
biomedical or behavioral research investigating the causes, consequences,
prevention, or treatment of drug abuse and addiction.
Complete and submit your application to the NIDA International Program.

How Can I Get Help in Finding a Mentor?

To find the Mentor who’s right for you, consult the online database of
research projects supported by NIH at, review
journals online at PubMed at, or email the NIDA
International Program for assistance at

Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 1
Notification of Award: June 1 and December 1

Instruction and application materials for the INVEST Drug Abuse Research
Fellowship can be downloaded from this Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe
PDF format: