Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017

The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

Fifteen fellowships are awarded annually. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-child development, education, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, public policy, social work, and sociology. Fellows’ dissertations must be focused on an aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. doctoral program and have substantially completed the coursework required to be advanced to candidacy. They are expected to complete or make significant progress on their dissertation within the two-year fellowship period. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. Most applicants will not have formally submitted their dissertation proposal until after the fellowship period begins. If an applicant is conducting research in another country, they are still eligible for the fellowship but the policy focus and implications of that work must be directed to U.S. issues. Applicants may be enrolled in any discipline. Their dissertation must be applicable to practice and policy challenges facing the fields of healthy child development and child abuse prevention.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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Agency for Health Care Research & Quality Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2017

The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics. The grants provide up to $40,000 in direct research costs. Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time of the grant award.
  • Be full-time academic students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as behavioral sciences, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, health informatics, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Have completed all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application, including completion of their qualifying exams. (The only exception allowable will be the completion of required clinical internships that follow completion of the dissertation.)
  • Not have more than part-time employment in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments (defined as greater than 20 hours per week).
  • Not be recipients of mentored career development awards.
  • Institution is any of the following: public or non-profit private institution (such as a university, college, faith-based or community-based organization), units of local or State government, eligible agencies of the Federal Government, and Indian/Native American Tribal Government or Designated Organizations.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

UW Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

Nomination Deadline:  March 31, 2017

The Gatzert Child Welfare fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” The one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development with special reference to children with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • Candidate must have achieved doctoral candidate status at the time of nomination
  • Candidate must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2018 or sooner.
  • Candidate may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.)
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Award

  • The awards provide a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,572 month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.

Students must be nominated by their departments. Departments can nominate no more than two students. Eligible programs include:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Urban Design and Planning Group

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Agency for Health Care Research & Quality Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2017

The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics. The grants provide up to $40,000 in direct research costs. Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time of the grant award.
  • Be full-time academic students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as behavioral sciences, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, health informatics, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Have completed all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application, including completion of their qualifying exams. (The only exception allowable will be the completion of required clinical internships that follow completion of the dissertation.)
  • Not have more than part-time employment in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments (defined as greater than 20 hours per week).
  • Not be recipients of mentored career development awards.
  • Institution is any of the following: public or non-profit private institution (such as a university, college, faith-based or community-based organization), units of local or State government, eligible agencies of the Federal Government, and Indian/Native American Tribal Government or Designated Organizations.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Agency for Health Care Research & Quality Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2016

The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics. The grants provide up to $40,000 in direct research costs. Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time of the grant award.
  • Be full-time academic students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as behavioral sciences, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, health informatics, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Have completed all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application, including completion of their qualifying exams. (The only exception allowable will be the completion of required clinical internships that follow completion of the dissertation.)
  • Not have more than part-time employment in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments (defined as greater than 20 hours per week).
  • Not be recipients of mentored career development awards.
  • Institution is any of the following: public or non-profit private institution (such as a university, college, faith-based or community-based organization), units of local or State government, eligible agencies of the Federal Government, and Indian/Native American Tribal Government or Designated Organizations.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant

Application deadline:   August 1, 2016 (additional cycles in November, February, and May)

The overall goal of the AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant Program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained health services researchers is available in adequate numbers and appropriate research areas to address the research mission and priorities of AHRQ.  9-17 month awards are up to $40,000.

Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.  The research sponsored and conducted by the Agency develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of health care in the United States.  It addresses issues of organization, delivery, financing, utilization, patient and provider behavior, outcomes, effectiveness and cost.  It evaluates both clinical services and the system in which these services are provided.  These scientific results improve the evidence base to enable better decisions about health care, including such areas as disease prevention, appropriate use of medical technologies, improving diagnosis and treatment in cost-effective ways, long-term care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

AHRQ has identified strategic goals as priority research areas.  Applied research applications must address one of these areas.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to AHRQ, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance healthcare quality.  Results should be directly relevant to customers, such as providers and practitioners, administrators, payers, consumers, policymakers, and insurers.  The strategic research goals are:

  • Safety/quality – Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by promoting the delivery of appropriate care that achieves the best quality outcomes
  • Efficiency – Achieve wider access to effective health care services and reduce health care costs
  • Effectiveness – Assure that providers and consumers/patients use beneficial and timely health care information to make informed decision choices.

Candidates are required to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city and rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care.

Candidates must conduct dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the United States. AHRQ will not accept international health care research projects.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time the award is issued.
  • Candidates must be full-time students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as the social or behavioral sciences, mathematics, engineering, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, and health informatics.
  • Candidates with more than part-time employment (defined as greater than twenty hours per week), in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments, are not eligible to apply for this grant mechanism.
  • Students must complete all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application (except in cases where a clinical internship is required to follow the dissertation phase).  Approval of the dissertation proposal by the doctoral committee is required before the grant award is issued.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-256.html

Summer 2016+ RA Position in the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation

Application deadline:   May 29, 2016

Start date: 6/16/2016 or as soon as possible
End date: 9/15/206 (possibility of extension into the following academic year)

The UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is seeking an RA for Infectious Disease Surveillance. This position will average 20 hours per week.

The RA position involves two separate but related projects. The first project is focused on the integration of novel data streams (e.g., Internet News sources, and social media data) with environmental and epidemiological data for infectious disease surveillance and forecasting. The objectives of the project are to develop an automated process for acquiring, processing and filtering data for modeling. Once we gather these data, we will develop temporal models for the dynamical assessment of the relationship between the various data variables and infectious disease incidence. Finally, we will assess these modeling approaches for forecasting the dynamics of select infectious diseases.

The second project is focused on integrating data from social media, blogs, local news sources, restaurant and food service review sites to augment traditional approaches to foodborne disease surveillance. An approximately 48 million people experience foodborne illness in the United States each year, however, only a small proportion of cases are captured by traditional surveillance systems. This is mainly due to a limited number of affected persons seeking medical care and reporting symptoms to appropriate authorities. We therefore aim to supplement existing surveillance systems by developing a validated system for monitoring reports of foodborne illness using event-based digital disease surveillance data sources, and characterize and estimate the extent of foodborne illness and disease outbreaks in the United States.

Duties include:

  • Perform data analyses using statistical and machine-learning methods
  • Visualize results for presentations and publications
  • Aid in drafting manuscripts for journal publications
  • Participate in other research activities as needed by the project

Requirements :

  • Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington during AY 15/16
  • Experience with machine-learning and statistical methods for data analyses
  • Interest in public health
  • Ability to work independently
  • Very strong analytic, creative, and writing skills
  • Proficiency in natural language processing is a plus

Desired qualification:

  • Proficiency in R or Python

For complete information about this opportunity, including application details, see HuskyJobs Position ID # 103088

Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

The fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls, and social networking opportunities.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be doctoral students who will have substantially completed their coursework by August 31, 2016.
  • Each applicant’s dissertation must be focused on some aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Applicants can be enrolled at any academic institution in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S.
  • Applicants should identify an academic and policy mentor.
  • Applications must be submitted between August 1, 2015 and December 1, 2015.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.chapinhall.org/fellowships/doris-duke-fellowships

2015-2016 RA Position in the Department of Urban Design and Planning

Deadline:   September 30, 2015  (5:00 p.m. PST.)

Department of Urban Design and Planning
Position Title: Graduate Student Research Assistant (50% FTE)
Supervising Faculty: Marina Alberti
Hours per Week: 20 (50% FTE)
Employment Period: ASAP to 06/15/2016

Position Description: 

The University of Washington Urban Ecology Research Lab (UERL, http://urbaneco.washington.edu/wp/) has an outstanding opportunity for a research assistant in Urban Science. The Urban Ecology Research Lab works to understand and improve the conditions of human-dominated ecosystems by conducting interdisciplinary research in urban ecology, integrating analytical methods, and applying participatory approaches to problem solving.

The RA will work on a team project aimed to detect signatures of socio-ecological functions and innovations in urbanizing regions. Using high resolution socio-ecological data (i.e. census, land use parcels, NDVI etc.) and social network records (e.g., cell phone/tweets), our team applies selected metrics to identify observable patterns and extrapolate general properties of a city’s socio-ecological structure and dynamics.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Research Assistant will provide high-level statistical analysis and will collaborate closely to help perform the statistical needs of the research studies under the supervision of UERL Director Marina Alberti.

The RA will be responsible for providing intermediate- to high level statistical analysis, including the following:

  • Dataset preparation such as cleaning and coding
  • Create datasets and perform appropriate analytic procedures using a variety of statistical software and R
  • Combine multiple disparate raw databases and derive analysis variables accurately
  • Combine spatial data sets and perform GIS Analysis
  • Generate descriptive and test statistics and modeling results
  • Document statistical analysis, code, analyses, summaries and results
  • Ensure the consistent, timely delivery of data analysis-related project deliverables
  • Identify potential data problems from analytic queries
  • Participate in project team meetings as needed
  • Perform other related duties as needed

Minimum Education Required:

  • Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology or other relevant area.
  • Enrolled in a PhD Program.
  • Preferred candidates will have a background or interest in urban ecology.
  • Ideal position for a doctoral student interested in interdisciplinary research.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

At least 2 years’ experience providing statistical analyses on a research project; ArcGIS, R, and some experience with programming; flexibility, organization skills and self-motivation; excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with interdisciplinary teams; ability to complete project-specific responsibilities with minimal supervision.

To Apply:

Please send your curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation to Marina Alberti, Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington Box 355740, Seattle, Washington 98195-5740. Questions regarding this position can also be directed via email to Marina Alberti at malberti@uw.edu.

RA/GSA Position in the School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)

Application deadline:   July 17, 2015

The School of Public Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistant/Research Assistant. The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) promotes excellence in public health by linking academia and the practice community. As part of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, NWCPHP provides training, research, and evaluation for state, local, and tribal public health in six Pacific Northwest states—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The Research Assistant will be hired to work on injury and violence prevention and emergency preparedness activities under the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) grant. This grant involves the development and evaluation of trainings, including the development of emergency preparedness-related modules and other training and evaluation related activities for state, local, and tribal public health departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The RA will assist in the project management and other project related activities of the PERLC training and evaluation activities including:

  • Provide project management of projects
  • Perform literature reviews
  • Track outcomes and maintain ongoing evaluation projects as needed
  • Work with evaluation team to conduct data collection and analysis (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Update and maintain databases
  • Manage data coding and preparation, and track outcomes
  • Analyze data and write reports

    To the extent that the workload and schedule permit, the RA may also participate in other related activities of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Requirements:
Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.

  • Background in epidemiology, public health, information science, emergency preparedness, maternal and child health, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of social science research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Computer-proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, SAS, SPSS and online collaboration tools such as Oracle calendar and online databases
Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

Terms:

Candidates are hired through graduate appointments; applicants must therefore be enrolled at the UW and be in good standing with ten credits or more of graduate coursework during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Applicants must also be able to work 20 hours from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Department of Health Services students are paid according to the Regular Salary Schedules: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/2014-15salaries.pdf

For details about Graduate Appointee Insurance (GAIP), visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/benefits/insure/gaip/

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: UW/UAW Contract Preamble.
http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/laborrel/contracts/uaw/contract/preamble.html

Applicants must complete an RA application form, provided at:  http://depts.washington.edu/hserv/jobs#Applying

Application Timeline:
Application review begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Notification Deadline: 07/31/2015
Acceptance Deadline: One week after receiving an offer letter.

For complete information and application procedures, see UW Hires, Req. # 122357