Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Training/Fellowships


Additional information about CSCAT and its activities may be obtained from the CSCAT, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0905, phone (434) 924-0113; Fax: (434) 243-9938; email:

  • Q: Who should apply for postdoctoral training?

    A: Both basic scientists and professionals with clinical degrees are eligible. Professionals who hold one of the following degrees: MD, ND, DO, DDS, OD, DC, DNS, or PhD. Applicants should have a strong interest in CAM and should be able to provide evidence of the potential to make a contribution based upon exceptional abilities demonstrated during their graduate and/or professional education. Applicants will typically have graduated from excellent programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy or other clinically-oriented PhD programs. Also, PhDs in basic science wishing to conduct CAM-relevant research are eligible applicants. Some applicants may be in the midst of their careers, or in some instances will have recently completed training in their fields, but all should be interested in the challenges of CAM research and in acquiring the critical skills needed for testing CAM modalities and products or identifying the basic mechanisms underlying these.
return to top

  • Q: What is the intended outcome for postdoctoral training?

    A: The outcome of the training is a highly qualified researcher/scientist prepared to compete successfully for research funding in the emerging field of CAM. Coursework available provides more than adequate opportunities through which postdoctoral trainees from diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds can develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in conducting CAM-relevant research.
return to top

  • Q: What is the time commitment for postdoctoral research training in CAM?

    A: Applicants should be prepared to make a two-year commitment to the CAM Research Training Program.
return to top

  • Q: What are the costs/stipends associated with the CAM Research Ttraining Program for postdoctoral trainees?

    A: Health insurance is provided for the postdoctoral fellow, and 60% of tuition and fees (annual maximum of $4,500). An annual NIH-determined stipend is available based upon years since completion of the applicant's doctoral program as shown below:

    Years of Experience Since Receiving Degree NIH-Determined Stipend for FY 2009 Awards
    7 or more
return to top

  • Q: What is the application process?

    A: The application process involves hard copy materials, although instructions for completion of the application are Web-based (see Application Information). Applicants are notified by email when the application packet has been received and assessed to contain all needed materials for review. Following the review process by the Advisory Committee, applicants are notified by email. Accepted applicants must submit a letter of intent to pursue the CAM research training to reserve a postdoctoral trainee position.

return to top