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Applications Due for Tulane Program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research

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Tulane Program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research (Tulane ARMHR)

Applications for Research Training Experiences starting Summer 2022 are due by Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

How to Apply

The new Tulane Program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research (Tulane ARMHR) is currently accepting applications in the following categories:

  • Short-term (10-12 weeks) master's degree program - For students currently enrolled in master's level training programs in the New Orleans area (including MPH, MSPH, MSW, MS, MA, and other master's degree programs). Please note that fluency in Spanish is required for the Dominican Republic.
  • Short-term (10-12 weeks) doctoral degree program - For students currently enrolled in doctoral level training programs in the New Orleans area (including PhD, DrPH, ScD). Students in health professional programs leading to a degree such as MD, DO, and DDS are not eligible to apply. Please note that fluency in Spanish is required for the Dominican Republic.
  • Long-term (12 months) doctoral degree program - For students currently enrolled in doctoral level training programs in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (including PhD, DrPH). Due to logistical constraints, doctoral students from other schools in Tulane University and from other institutions are not eligible to apply. Please note that fluency in Spanish is required for the Dominican Republic.

COVID-19 Contingency Plans: While we will plan for Tulane ARMHR trainees to be able to travel and conduct research activities while implementing COVID-19 safety precautions in summer 2022, we cannot be certain that Tulane University policies will allow for in-person interactions for research activities or for research-related travel at that time. All planned travel, international training site placements, and research activities that involve in-person interactions with other people (both in the U.S. and internationally) are subject to program approval based on Tulane University COVID-19 safety policies in place at the time of the proposed activity. Research plans may need to be revised based on these policies, and program directors will work with program trainees and mentors to identify acceptable alternatives when necessary.

Potential applicants must identify a program-affiliated faculty mentor prior to submitting an application, and all applicants must have a signed mentor agreement form as part of their application package. Short-term applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas with program mentors but are not required to submit a research application. Long-term applicants, however, are required to provide a two-page research proposal that has been approved by their mentor as part of their application, along with a budget and other career-related documents (see list below). Applicants interested in submitting and applicant with a mentor who is not affiliated with the program should consult with Dr. Moses or Dr. Oberhelman as a first step. Program-affiliated mentors included:

New Orleans Site:
Katherine Andrinopolous, MHS, PhD
Carolyn Johnson, PhD
Thomas LaVeist, PhD
Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH, MCHES
David Seal, PhD
Katherine Theall, PhD

Dominican Republic Site:
Arachu Castro, PhD
Robert Paulino-Ramirez, MD, HIVS, DTM&H

Peru Site:
Richard Oberhelman, MD
Valerie Paz Soldan, PhD

Sierra Leone Site:
Lina Moses, PhD
Rashid Ansurama, PhD

Completed application forms and other required items should be sent by email to Robert Palestina at rpalesti@tulane.edu. Each part of the application is important, and the application will not be reviewed unless all parts are submitted and received.

Completed applications should include the following items:

Short-term Program (for masters and doctoral level applicants):

  • Application form
  • Transcript of current program. If in the program for less than two semesters or three quarters, please include transcripts from prior programs
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Signed mentor agreement form
  • Two letters of recommendation, to be emailed directly to Robert Palestina at rpalesti@tulane.edu

Long-term program for doctoral students:

  • Application form
  • Transcript of current program. If in the program for less than two semesters or three quarters, please include transcripts from prior programs.
  • Research proposal (two pages)—It is expected that applicants review the proposed research design extensively with their mentor. The recommended format is:
  • Specific Aims
  • Research Plan (overview)
  • Significance
  • Innovation  
  • Approach
  • Timeline for proposed scope of work
  • Human Subjects (describe the IRB process and timeline for approval)
  • References (should be provided but will not count towards the two-page limit)
  • Budget one page—$10,000 maximum for research expenses only)
  • Statement of career goals (one page)
  • Plan for mentorship (one page--this should include specific areas of mentorship and frequency of meetings/calls with members on the mentorship committee)
  • Candidate's biosketch (NIH format for fellowships—see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm )
  • Primary mentor biosketch or CV
  • Signed mentor agreement form
  • At least two letters of recommendation, to be emailed directly to Robert Palestina at rpalesti@tulane.edu

Review of Applications
Each applicant will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel including U.S. and overseas mentors. In some cases, in-person interviews will be requested. Criteria used to evaluate applications include:

  • Relevance of proposal to health disparities
  • Scientific objectives of the applicant and how these are met by the program
  • Academic record and potential to succeed
  • Maturity and flexibility, as demonstrated by letters of support, statements in the application, and interviews

For more information about the program, visit: https://ogh.tulane.edu/advance-representation-minority-health-research