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BIRCWH Program Application Process

The BIRCWH K12 Program is not acceptiong applications at this time. The following is provided for informational purposes only. 

Application Procedure

Each Scholar is appointed for a two-year term.

Application packets must include the following:

  1. The BIRCWH Application Cover Sheet.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A 2-3 page description of the proposed research project. (List of mentors and bibliography does not count toward 2-3 page total).
    Suggested topics:
    1. Goal of BIRCWH Research and Training;
    2. Specific Aims of Research Project;
    3. Background and Signficance;
    4. Data & Analytic Methods;
    5. Results Dissemination and Future Research;
    6. Mentoring & Training Goals;
    7. Training Plan Goals & Relationship to Previous Work;
    8. Career Goals and Objectives;
    9. Career Development/Training Activities During Award Period.
  4. Names of at least two individuals who will serve as mentors to the applicant if selected.
  5. 2 letters of recommendation.
  6. A letter from the department chair where the applicant holds her/his appointment supporting the application and agreeing to the required 75% protected time necessary for the Scholar to carry out the research project. In cases where the applicant is an instructor, research associate, or postdoctoral fellow, the letter should also indicate the department's willingness to promote the candidate to the rank of assistant professor.

Please note that applicants are not required to submit a budget, budget justification or information on the protection of human subjects. However, human subject and/or animal control approvals must be obtained prior to commencement of research.

Applications should be sent to:

BIRCWH Scholar Program
Attn: Kate Supan
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
10 S. Pine Street, MSTF Room 900 EAST
Baltimore, MD 21201

Please contact Kate Supan if you have any questions regarding the application process by email ( or phone (410-706-5862).


Eligible candidates must:

  1. Have a clinical doctorate or Ph.D. degree or its equivalent
  2. Have completed any postgraduate training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field (including clinical or postdoctoral fellowship training, or residency if they have chosen not to subspecialize);
  3. Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree However, in order to accommodate the needs of those interested in participating in this program that may have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service, etc., there is no limit on time elapsed since completion of training;
  4. Identify mentors with extensive research experience;
  5. Be able to spend at least 9 person months (or at least 6 person months for surgical-specialties) of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development activities;
  6. Not be or have been a PD/PI on an R01, R29 or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, independent mentored career development (K-series) grants, or other equivalent research grant awards; except for R03 and R21
  7. Be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Statement on Diversity

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity institution. Its policies, programs and activities conform to pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex and disability.

In particular, the University and the BIRCWH Program are committed to the development of a racially and ethnically diverse working environment. Applications from members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged.

We are also firmly committed to the principles of equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Applications from individuals with disabilities are also strongly encouraged.