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Grants & Research Opportunities

NIH/NINDS T-32 Brain Injury Training Grant Research Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

Pre- and Post-doctoral applications are invited for training in the NIH-NINDS T32 Brain Injury Training Grant (BITG) Research Fellowship Program within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The BITG is designed to recruit and train individuals at the post-doctoral level (MD or PhD) or pre-doctoral level with exceptional promise for research careers in CNS injury. Training will focus on molecular and cellular research skills and will incorporate both basic and clinical faculty with broad expertise in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, bioengineering, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, neuropathology, neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and neuropharmacology. The focus of research will include traumatic brain injury, CNS injury, or stroke. The desired outcome is to launch these individuals on successful careers that focus on understanding the molecular and cellular sequelae of CNS injury to improve the clinical outcome of these disorders. A secondary aim is to provide short-term exposure for pre-doctoral students to the field of CNS injury research to recruit the best individuals to pursue a research career in this arena. 

Pre-doctoral candidates will be active or accepted graduate students at Penn in a relevant program of study. 3 months of full-time training between July 1st - June 30th (grant year). The NINDS explicitly forbids use of funds to support study leading to the MD (i.e. study that earns credit toward the MD). Thus, this grant can not support research conducted for the Scholarly Pursuit component of Module 5 or for any elective research that fulfills credit toward graduation requirements. Students may not be enrolled in any other University course or activity for credit during the period of funding.  

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status (green card) is required. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

Please e-mail a CV, a one-page letter of your interests, and the names of 3 references to Sharon Robinson at