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Dental Clinical Research Fellows Training Program

NIDCR offers clinical research fellowships to dentists interested in academic careers.

The fellowship:  The NIDCR Dental Clinical Research Fellowship is a two-year or longer full-time program designed to provide training in the latest clinical, translational, and basic research methodologies.  Fellows have modest clinical service responsibilities in the Dental Clinical Research Core (DCRC) within NIDCR’s intramural program in Bethesda, Maryland. The DCRC conducts clinical and translational research and offers oral medicine and dental consultation services for the unique patient population of the NIH Clinical Center.  Although fellowships traditionally begin on July 1st of each calendar year, the start date is flexible. 

Research areas:  Clinical and translational research studies complement ongoing basic science laboratory projects.  Research programs include but are not limited to the evaluation and treatment of salivary gland dysfunction, studies on the natural history and treatment of fibrous dysplasia, bone regeneration, hypoparathyroidism/phosphate/calcium metabolism, oral microbiology/immunology, graft versus host disease, novel approaches to pain management, treatment of oral cancer and oral wound healing.  Fellows work with investigators in the DCRC, NIDCR branches, as well as other NIH institutes.  For additional information see:

Requirements:  Qualified applicants must have a DDS/DMD or equivalent dental clinical degree and a demonstrated interest in dental/oral/craniofacial research as evidenced by prior research experience and/or masters and doctoral level education beyond clinical training.  U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required, but candidates must have relevant U.S., Canadian or equivalent clinical licensure approved by the NIH Clinical Center Credentialing Committee.

Benefits:  Fellows are provided with a generous stipend commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and may be eligible for the NIH Loan Repayment Program that pays up to an additional $35,000 per year.  A full range of benefits is available, including health insurance.  Other benefits include didactic courses in grant writing, research design and management, statistical analysis, and bioethics available through the NIH Clinical Center, as well as eligibility for intramural K awards and the NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research, which leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine; if accepted, tuition support is provided.

How to apply:  Interested applicants should forward by September 15, 2015 their curriculum vitae, dental school transcripts and dental license (notarized translations if documents are not in English), a statement of research interests and career goals, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Janice Lee, NIDCR Clinical Director, 10 Center Drive, Bldg 10 Room 5-2531 MSC 1470, Bethesda, MD 20892. Telephone: 301- 827-1647.


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This page last updated: May 15, 2015