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NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 14 - 18, 2017. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

The program will feature lectures, mock grant review, seminars, small group discussions on research relevant to minority health and health disparities. It will also include sessions with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various institutes and centers.

Target Audience

This program is intended for early stage research investigators. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions who are engaged in minority health and health disparities research. Early career researchers from diverse backgrounds interested in the conduct of health research, within academic, community-based, non-profit, and other non-academic settings, are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on several criteria:

  • Professional experience and educational achievements (NIH Biosketch)
  • 2 letters of recommendation providing support for the candidate including evidence of potential success in health disparities research
  • A brief essay outlining objectives for participation in the program
  • A one-page abstract and specific aims of research interest area

Preference will be given to candidates with the highest potential for implementing the knowledge gathered from the program into their research and routine practice and those who, with the benefit of this experience and network, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic, organizational, or professional fields through teaching, research or professional practice. Previous participants of the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course are not eligible to apply.

Approximately 50 scholars will be selected to participate in the 2017 HDRI.


There is no cost for participating in the HDRI, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for arranging transportation, room and board. Limited scholarships may be available to cover travel expenses.

How to Apply

The due date for application submission is May 12, 2017, 11:59pm (EST). The online application process will be opening soon. Please check the NIMHD website If you are interested in the HDRI or other NIMHD opportunities and activities and have not registered with the NIMHD listserv, please follow this link: