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An Admissions Committee, appointed by the Postdoctoral Training Director, reviews all completed applications. The Admissions Committee is comprised of the training co-directors and other selected members of the Training Program.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications and selects successful applicants on the basis of: (1) their potential to contribute to the field of alcohol and/or other drug abuse treatment and intervention research, and (2) the degree to which the Brown training program is likely to assist the successful applicant in developing their full potential to contribute to the field.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the Admissions Committee in a timely manner.  Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively solicits applications from women and minorities.

Appointments are made for one-year periods.  However, it is expected that training periods will be for at least two years and may be continued into a third year. NIH allows a maximum of three years of training at the post-doctoral level

All trainees meet individually with the Training Director at least three times each year.  In those meetings, concerns expressed by the Training Committee, if any, will be discussed.  Barring any serious issues, all trainees will continue for a second year of training.  

A postdoc must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. To assure that this will not be a problem, we expect that postdocs already meet eligibility requirements at the time their applications are submitted. A non-citizen national is a person who although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. They are generally persons born in lands which are not States, but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration, for example American Samoa. An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must submit a notarized statement upon activation of the award, indicating possession of the alien registration receipt card (I-151 or I-551). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for support from the NRSA.

Trainees in the first twelve months of postdoctoral NRSA support will incur one month of obligation for each month of support. Trainees in the 13th and subsequent months of NRSA support will incur no further obligation. Furthermore, each month of training in the second year constitutes a month of payback. Consequently, completion of two years of training fulfills the one-year payback requirement and no other service is required. (If a Fellow were to leave at the end of the first year of training, they would have incurred one year of training payback requirement. This has ordinarily been satisfied by teaching or research activities that add up to a year's subsequent employment).

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