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Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program
Deadline for electronic submission of application: 01/16/2014
Deadline for ASPPH's receipt of hardcopy materials: 01/17/2014
The Environmental Health Fellowship Program is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of the ASPPH Environmental Health Fellowship Program is to provide professional training and opportunities for early career public health professionals by enabling them to work in EPA on current and emerging environmental public health needs. These placements will be for one year, with a possible one-year extension. The program capitalizes on an important interdependence between the academic public health community and the EPA, one of the most important public health agencies in the world. EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for American people. ASPH/EPA fellows work closely with nationally recognized experts who work to protect the environment.
The Program is designed to provide leadership training in environmental health and policy. Selected Fellows will:
Collaborate with leading experts in the fields of environmental health, toxicology, epidemiology, biology, and risk assessment on important current and emerging public health issues;
Participate in work on cross-cutting health assessment issues
· Have access to environmental research laboratories and specialized equipment;
· Acquire skills, experience, and knowledge to enhance your career.
Fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for duration of one year (September 2014 - August 2015, estimated). Fellowships may be extended for an additional year, pending available funding, continued priority of the project area within EPA, and mutual agreement by the fellow, EPA, and ASPPH.Fellows will be placed in various EPA organizations, most of which are located in the Washington, D.C. area, but may also be located in any of several laboratories, regional offices, or centers throughout the country. Applicants will be notified of exact assignment locations during the final selection phase and matching process.
To qualify for this fellowship, candidates must have received their masters or doctorate degrees from an ASPPH-member school or program of public health within the last five years and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident (Green Card). Preference will be given to candidates with a Certification in Public Health.
Fellows will receive a stipend payment for the duration of the fellowship based on the education level/degree requirement of the fellowship position. The fellowship stipend is intended to cover all living expenses including housing and project related travel.
In addition to the fellowship stipend, the fellow will have “fellowship allowance” intended to cover health-related expenses incurred during the one year fellowship period. The “fellowship allowance” may also be used to cover project-related travel, tuition, journal subscriptions, association dues, etc.
All applications to the fellowship program undergo a two-phase review process. In the first stage, the applications are reviewed by two faculty members from schools of public health (other than the applicant´s institution) on the following criteria: quality of essay, strength of credentials, previous professional experience; and letters of recommendation. Applicants approved by the faculty review are invited to Washington, DC to interview for the fellowship. A panel will interview applicants and along with the faculty review comments to assess which of the candidates applying for the individual projects are most suited for the fellowship.
There are two components to the application process, the online application and hard copy documents that must be mailed to ASPPH in ONE package. The following lists all documents required to apply:
1. An essay (1500 word max) for each training area to which you are applying
explaining your interests, strengths and qualifications for that position and how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health.
3. Two references - Name, email and phone number.
Hard copy documents:
Two Generic Letters of Recommendation (from the references provided in the online application). Must be on a letter head with contact information and original signature. Does not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please request your recommenders to not fold or staple recommendation letters.
Signature Page available upon submitting the online application. You will need to print, and sign. Please do not fold or staple pages.
Official Graduate Transcripts (School of Public Health only). This will need to be in a sealed envelope issued by your school.
A copy of your Green card, if you are not a US Citizen.
- Climate Change
- Sustainable Communities
- Drinking Water and Public Health
- Children's Environmental Health
- Social Science/Environmental Justice
- Air Quality
Emergency Medicine Foundation/EMRA Critical Care Resident Research Grant
Deadline for receipt of application - January 10, 2014
The Emergency Medicine Foundation awards funds to support the development of research in emergency medicine. The goals of the EMF/EMRA Critical Care Resident Research Program are: 1) to promote research within the specialties of emergency medicine and critical care, 2) to advance care for the critically ill in the emergency department and beyond, and 3) to facilitate the academic growth and development of future researchers and leaders in emergency medicine-critical care and thereby invest in the future of the growing specialty of emergency medicine-critical care.
The EMF/EMRA Critical Care Resident Research Grant attempts to maximize the applicant's educational experience in research while producing the best science. The educational agenda is best accomplished in an organized program of instruction on research methods in addition to the completion of the project itself.
A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded for each approved grant application. Funds are not to be used for capital equipment purchases, faculty salary support, publication costs, travel, or institutional overhead.
DEFINITION OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE-CRITICAL CARE RESEARCH
Emergency medicine-critical care research is broadly defined as scientific investigation designed to furnish new knowledge relating to resuscitation science and/or the care of critically ill patients across multiple venues including the prehospital setting, the emergency department, and the intensive care unit. Such investigations or innovations may focus on basic science research, clinical research, epidemiology, health care policy, or teaching and education.
QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INVESTIGATORS
EMF Resident Research Grants are available to any physician who will be enrolled as a resident in good standing in an ACGME or AACOM approved emergency medicine residency for the proposed funding year. The resident must have a faculty preceptor who is capable of ensuring the successful completion of the proposed project. A resident may competitively apply in succeeding years for other projects.
It is required that the applicant submit a letter of support from a preceptor at the applicant's institution. This letter must describe the preceptor's and the resident's roles and responsibilities in the proposed project. The preceptor must hold a have and MD, DO, PhD or equivalent degree. The preceptor must have proven ability to pursue independent research as evidenced by original research publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or funding from extramural sources. The preceptor may be in any department within the applicant's institution.
The applicant and preceptor assume responsibility for conducting the research projects and supervising the work of the resident and associate investigators. The applicant and preceptor must demonstrate that access to a suitable caseload or patient population will be available for study during the funding period if a clinical research project is proposed. If a basic science or nonclinical project is proposed, the applicant must show that adequate and appropriately equipped laboratory space will be available during the funding period. Research involving animals or human subjects must be approved by the institutional review board (IRB), or its equivalent, and a copy of the approval or pending approval sent with this application. IRB approval must be documented prior to dispensation of EMF funds. Letters of support from the Emergency Medicine Chair and Residency Director are required.
EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS
Each application will be reviewed by emergency medicine or critical care specialists who are involved/informed in basic and clinical emergency medicine research. Each application will be judged by: 1) the educational experience for the resident, including a program of instruction on research methods and the format for evaluating the progress of the award year, 2) the role of the resident applicant in the initiation, development, conduct, and reporting of the project, 3) the scientific content of the research projects, including background support, hypothesis statement, methodology, sample size calculations and planned statistical analysis, 4) the significance of the project, and 5) the qualifications of the preceptor. There should be an acknowledgement that the resident is the author of the grant application. The final funding decision will be made by the Emergency Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees, and all decisions are final.