There are two deadlines for submission:

1)  Early decision deadline – all materials must be received by December 9, 2022.  This application deadline is for those applicants whose first choice is Brown.  By applying, they commit to attend the program if accepted. 

Applicants not accepted at the early decision deadline will be reviewed again for the regular application deadline unless they chose to withdraw their application.

2)  Regular decision deadline – all materials must be received by January 9, 2023.

A few items of note as you begin the process of completing the application. 

Your application package* should include the following:

  • The Application Form
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A Statement of Research Interests of the work planned for the appointment period.  This proposal should state particular areas of interest and expertise, as well as an example of your approach to research problems.  It should be no longer than 3-4 pages, double-spaced.
  • Two self-selected writings representative of the applicant's highest quality work.
  • Official graduate school transcripts for those who have been in school within the past five years.
  • Three letters of reference should be sent directly to the Training Program Coordinator, Daniel Wiffin, by email ([email protected]).* 

 All applications must be submitted by email to the Training Program Coordinator.

A key component to establishing an independent research program is securing grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and by doing so, scientists can contribute new knowledge to the base of substance-related dysfunction and treatment. As such, a core component of our training program is to teach postdocs how to write competitive NIH grant applications though a highly structured and intensive 16-week curriculum that spans didactic, practical, and mentored training opportunities.It should be noted, however, that submitting the grant proposal to the NIH is not part of the training experience. Opportunities for postdocs to submit grants from the School of Public Health are not guaranteed and are determined annually.




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).

Download Payback Agreement (PDF)