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BIRCWH Prospective Scholars

Current Tulane BIRCWH Scholars (Drs. Burnette, Lovre, Sheats) pictured with BIRCWH PI (Dr. Krousel-Wood) and 2018 BIRCWH Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Bairey Merz.

About the BIRCWH Program

The Tulane BIRCWH provides a comprehensive, mentored research training program in Women’s Health for four Scholars each year. The program is designed to bridge the gap between advanced training and research independence, as well as bridge professions, scientific disciplines and areas of interests for BIRCWH scholars. Successful candidates will be supported for a two year program, requiring 75% protected research time, and providing financial support for salary and didactic training.

Each Scholar’s career development plan will be individualized depending on their research interests, earlier training, education and goals. All Scholars will formulate and execute an interdisciplinary research plan addressing cardiovascular disease (CVD) relevant to sex, gender and women’s health. Scholars will be expected to write peer-reviewed publications, present at scientific meetings, and submit proposals for funding of scholar-initiated research.

A team of mentors skilled in research will provide trainees with the fundamental training and the inter-professional, intellectual and technical research base necessary to produce women’s health researchers of a high caliber. These mentors can provide access to established research programs with a broad range of basic and applied biomedical and behavioral science and health services research across the schools within the Tulane University Health Sciences Center.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Have an MD, PharmD, or PhD degree.
  • 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 sub-specialize).
  • Have never been a PI on an NIH RO1 or R29 or subproject of a Program Project (PO1), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, mentored career development (K-series) grant, or other equivalent research grant award.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Have no more than six years of research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree.

Women and individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.


For further details, please contact:

Natasha Coen
BIRCWH Program Manager