Dental Clinical Research Fellowship

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NIDCR offers a clinical research fellowship to dentists interested in an academic career. 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. Fellowships usually begin on July 1 of each calendar year; however, the start date is flexible.

Fellows have modest clinical service responsibilities in the NIH Clinical Center Dental Clinic within NIDCR’s intramural program in Bethesda, Maryland. The Dental Clinic supports clinical and translational research and offers oral medicine, oral surgery, and hospital dentistry consultation services for the unique patient population of the NIH Clinical Center.

Since 2014, NIDCR has offered fellows a curriculum that includes a weekly clinical case conference, monthly fellows meeting, journal club, clinicopathological conference with video conferencing, Grand Rounds, and quarterly quality assurance conference.

Download the Dental Clinical Research Fellowship fact sheet [PDF - 392KB]. 

Other offerings include didactic courses in grant writing, research design and management, statistical analysis, and several lectureships available through the NIH Clinical Center.

Research Areas

Fellows work with investigators in the NIDCR intramural research program, as well as other NIH institutes, to develop a clinical and translational research study that complements ongoing basic science laboratory projects. The NIDCR intramural clinical research focuses on salivary gland pathology, bone metabolic abnormalities and fibrous dysplasia, oral immunology and periodontal disease, oral manifestations of graft-versus-host disease, bone regeneration, bone marrow stromal stem cell therapy, and craniofacial anomalies. 

For more information about possible research areas and mentors see:


Qualified applicants must have a DDS/DMD or equivalent dental clinical degree and a demonstrated interest in dental, oral, and 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.


Fellows are provided with a generous stipend commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and may be eligible for the Intramural NIH Loan Repayment Program that pays up to an additional $35,000 per year for student loans. A full range of benefits is available, including health insurance.

In addition, fellows are eligible for intramural K awards and the NIH-Duke Master’s 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. Fellows accepted to the NIH-Duke training program receive tuition support.

How to Apply

Candidates should forward 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:

Yeowon A. Kim, MD, MHS
Deputy Clinical Director, NIDCR/NIH
10 Center Drive, Building 10
Room 5-2531
Bethesda, MD 20892-1470
Phone: (301) 827-1093
Fax: (301) 480-0498

Deadline for applications: September 15.

For questions or to request assistance, contact:

Jacqueline W. Mays, DDS, MHSc, PhD
Assistant Clinical Investigator
Chief, Oral Immunobiology Unit
30 Convent Drive, Building 30
Rm 303, MSC 4340
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-8800
Fax: (301) 402-0823

Kendra Pope 
Administrative Assistant 
10 Center Drive, Building 10
Room 5-2531, MSC 1470
Bethesda, MD 20892-1470
Phone: (301) 827-7759
Fax: (301) 480-0498

Last Reviewed
October 2020