Application Process

Eligible applicants should be ready to apply in a relatively short period of time as we do not experience predictable turnover of Scholars. Required application materials are not likely to change. In the unlikely event that application materials change significantly, eligible applicants will be allowed time to comply with any new forms.

Eligible applicants for appointment as IWHR Scholars will be asked to:

  1. identify a 'Lead Mentor';
  2. execute a 'Preliminary Agreement (PDF);
  3. prepare a 'Faculty Development Plan' (PDF); and
  4. obtain letters of support from:
    • Department Chair or Center Director
    • Lead and Co-Mentors

'Lead' Mentor Identification
The first requirement for appointment as an IWHR Scholar will be the identification of a 'Lead' Mentor from the list of mentors associated with the KUMC BIRCWH K12 Program.

Preliminary Agreement (PDF)
The prospective IWHR Scholar, 'Lead' Mentor, the prospective IWHR Scholar's Departmental Division Director and Chair, the Dean of the respective School, and the Director of the Research Center or Research Institute, if applicable, will be asked to sign a formal agreement attesting to their willingness to comply with all rules and regulations of the BIRCWH K12 Program.

Faculty Development Plan (PDF)
The prospective IWHR Scholar and the 'Lead' Mentor will be asked to provide a written faculty development plan. The first step in developing the plan will be identifying the mentor team. The prospective IWHR Scholar and the 'Lead' Mentor will name at least one co-mentor and maximally two co-mentors. The mentor team for each IWHR Scholar will be required to include at least one member of the Internal Advisory Committee. Collectively the prospective IWHR Scholar and mentor team will prepare a five-year faculty development plan: including information on proposed didactic training, especially grant writing and research ethics; a research plan; scientific meetings to be attended; target dates for grant submissions and types of grants to be submitted; and frequency of planned meetings with the mentor team. The prospective IWHR Scholar, the mentors, the prospective IWHR Scholar's Departmental Division Director and Chair, the Dean of the respective School, and the Director of the Research Center or Research Institute, if applicable, will be asked to approve the prospective IWHR Scholar's Faculty Development Plan. Following approval, the prospective IWHR Scholar's Faculty Development Plan will be submitted to the Internal Advisory Committee for review, along with NIH Biosketches from the prospective IWHR Scholar and mentors, and letters from the Department Chair and/or Research Center/Research Institute Director outlining the departmental and/or research center/research institute commitment to the prospective IWHR Scholar. Letters of support are also encouraged from the IWHR Scholar's mentoring team.

IWHR Scholar Selection:
Selection will be based on an assessment of the candidate's potential for developing an independent research program in women's health, including the School, Department, and Research Center or Institute's commitment to their IWHR Scholar. Appointments will be for a minimum of one year, with possibility of renewable annually (competitive renewal) for up to five years total, dependent upon satisfactory progress.

Last modified: Oct 16, 2012
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