Apply to the Hassenfeld Research Scholars Program

The Hassenfeld Research Scholars Program

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is pleased to announce the Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars Program for Clinical Fellows and Junior Faculty in the fields of maternal and child health. The program is made possible through the generous support of the family of Alan Hassenfeld. Two research scholars will be chosen to participate in the program. The selected Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars will play active roles in the work of the institute under the mentorship of institute-affiliated faculty, while gaining outstanding training opportunities for their future careers in maternal and child health. The Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars will also receive scholarship support to participate in the Clinical and Translational Research certificate program at Brown University. The Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars Program will embrace Brown’s “learning by doing” approach to engaged scholarship. This will provide the Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the work of the institute while gaining the knowledge, skills, perspective and experience they will need to become the next generation of child health leaders.

Eligibility

Any clinical fellow in Brown-affiliated fellowships relevant to maternal and child health or maternal and child health clinical faculty who are at the rank of assistant professor or instructor as of July 1, 2020, are eligible to apply to the Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars Program.

Research Focus

A broad range of maternal and child health topics may be appropriate for the Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars Program. The institute embraces the World Health Organization’s definition of health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Topics could include mental health, physical health, risk reduction or optimal growth and development, including school and social functioning. The focus includes maternal health and its influence on child health, as well as family influences more broadly.

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following by email to [email protected]:

1.     A current CV

2.     A 500-1,000-word essay describing the applicant’s:

a.     Research interests

b.     Career plans

c.     Reasons for wanting to become a Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholar

3.     The names of up to two faculty from whom the applicant has requested letters of recommendation. This must include the applicant’s fellowship director, division director or department chair. Up to one additional letter of reference may be requested from a current or past mentor.

Letters of reference must be emailed by the letter writer from their institutional email address to [email protected]

All application materials (including letters of reference) must be received by July 22, 2020.

Criteria for Selection

Criteria for selection to the program include the following:

·      The academic performance and future promise of the applicant

·      The applicant’s potential to benefit from the program

·      The match of the applicant with the goals and activities of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute

Benefits of the Program and Award Conditions

In addition to receiving scholarship support for the Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational Research, Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars will actively participate in research activities of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, receiving mentorship from institute faculty and staff.

The Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars will have up to a three-year term, dependent on remaining in a fellow or faculty position in the clinical department at Brown University.  Hassenfeld Institute Research Scholars must remain in good standing in their Brown-affiliated clinical fellowship or clinical department faculty position and make satisfactory progress on their work with the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute. They must also remain in good academic standing and make appropriate progress in the Clinical and Translational Research Certificate Program.