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Call for Applications: Sexual Medicine Society of North America SMSNA Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program
Deadline: January 31, 2014
The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) proudly announces “The SMSNA Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program.” This unique program offers young investigators who are interested in sexuality research the opportunity to obtain funding to support their research while engaged in qualifying research in sexuality.
It is the purpose of the SMSNA to increase public awareness of healthy sexuality and sexual problems, to foster the finest care for individuals suffering from sexual debility, and to encourage scholarship and research in human sexuality. It is our hope that this program will encourage young people to become interested in sexuality research and make it a focal point of their careers.
Funding is available for graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows. Because sexual medicine is a multi-disciplinary field and sex impacts almost every aspect of human endeavor in some way, we encourage applications from aspiring researchers representing diverse backgrounds including but not limited to urology, psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, public health, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, social work, and law.
The size of awards will be commensurate with the experience of the scholar, the proposed duration of funding, and the scope and quality of the proposed research project. Maximum award amounts will be:
1. Medical/Graduate School Level: $3,000 for direct research costs and/or living expenses while the scholar conducts a Summer research project.
2. Resident: $5,000 to subsidize lab expenses during a lab year for a resident or post-doctoral fellow.
3. Post-Doctoral/Fellowship: $7,500 to subsidize a mentored one year fellowship in sexuality and sexual health. Smaller grants may be considered to subsidize research expenses for a post-doctoral fellow’s independent research projects with an established mentor as co-PI.
• Proof of grant expenditure is required at the end of fiscal year.
• Grant not intended to be the primary source of funding for travel, lodging, meals, or other costs for SMSNA meetings, but may supplement payment for these expenses. The primary purpose of the grant is to support research related expenses.
• The grant may supplement the grantee’s salary if not already fully funded.
Applicants are required to submit:
• A completed application form by the specified deadline.
• A detailed description of the research question divided into 4 sections, addressing the specific aims of the research, the background of the problem being addressed, preliminary data, and an outline of the proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be encountered. We recommend applications that are 5-8 pages in length for a medical school or residency applicant, and 8-10 pages for a fellow level applicant.
• A letter of support from a faculty mentor
• Two additional letters of recommendation, one of whom must be an SMS member.
• Provide documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project, cosigned by the mentor.
• Include an estimated time to complete the proposed study.
The SMSNA encourages potential scholars to seek out mentors who are senior members of the SMSNA actively involved in sexuality research. Research under a suitable mentor outside of the society may be acceptable in some extraordinary circumstances for appropriate projects. If a proposed mentor is not a member of the SMSNA, we strongly encourage that s/he join the SMSNA prior to inception of the research project.
Final decisions on approval for funding will be made by the SMSNA grant disbursement committee based primarily on the merit of the proposed study, as well as applicant and mentor credentials, and the feasibility of the proposed study. All funded applicants will receive membership in the SMSNA at no charge for 2 years.
Initial disbursement of funds will occur in early June for investigator awards that are intended to subsidize a trainee’s summer research project. Funds for year-long projects will be disbursed July 1 to coincide with the start of the academic year and January 1 to correspond to the midpoint of the academic year. Customized disbursement of funds for projects that do not conform to these time-tables can be arranged at the request of the applicant/mentor and the discretion of the SMSNA grants disbursement committee.
Interim progress reports to the SMSNA grant disbursement committee are required for continuation of funding. At a minimum, a 2 page report at the midpoint of the research time frame will be required, with additional follow-up points required for some projects at the discretion of the grant’s committee. The SMSNA will be credited as sponsor in any presentations and publications that result from the research project. Grant recipients will be required to present abstracts based on their research at either the Winter SMSNA research meeting or the American Urological Association annual meeting. Recipients are further encouraged to publish their results in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Attention SMSNA GRANTS
SMSNA Executive Office
PO Box 160
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
Phone: (910) 667 2457
Call for Applications: Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program
The Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program has three basic purposes:
To promote the innovative teaching of public health law nationally by creating new curricular offerings in law schools and schools/programs of public health;
To create a dynamic and supportive community of practice among the faculty fellows, their Deans, faculty mentors, and leaders in public health law; and
To share and build resources that foster model approaches and best practices for teaching public health law.
Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members with full-time appointments in law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in this yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming and to build a strong learning community. All fellows, with their Deans' support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law.
The fellows will kick off their fellowship year by attending an intensive ten-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development. The fellowship program will be enhanced by an electronic library on substantive topics and best practices in teaching public health law. Fellows and their mentors will be able to contribute to the library throughout the fellowship year.
The projects proposed by the fellows will enhance the teaching of public health law at their home institutions as well as serve as models for curricular innovation nationally. The projects could include one or more new courses, externships, clinical or other experiential-learning and/or service-learning opportunities, practice-based opportunities, collaborative or interdisciplinary educational experiences with students and practitioners from different disciplinary fields, development of student organizations, integrated combinations of curricular or other educational innovations, and other expansions of educational programming in public health law. Preferably, the projects should reflect a multi-faceted approach in developing new courses/curricular offerings, materials, and other educational supplements that are relevant to public health practice in the local, national, or global community. Preferably, the projects should also enlighten students about opportunities for private- or public-sector careers in the public health law field, strengthen their ability to successfully enter the public health law workforce, and otherwise have a positive impact on students. Innovations that result in long-term, sustainable curricular change that will impact law students are preferred.
Application Process and Fellowship Year
In their applications, applicants will propose an initial plan for creating one or more new curricular offerings or educational programs in public health law at their home institutions. This initial proposed project will be supported by a Dean's letter of support. At the Summer Institute and during their fellowship year, fellows will collaborate with their Deans, mentors, and others to revise, refine, and implement their projects and create a vibrant and cohesive academic community of practice for public health law education.
Summer Institute: July 2014
The Summer Institute, to be held on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah, will actively engage the fellows, their mentors, and leading experts to refine and develop their projects, explore new ways to enhance their teaching, and develop core knowledge, skills, and values related to the field. Their Deans will also attend at the outset of the Institute (July 16-19, 2014). The Summer Institute will be a highly interactive program that explores principles of adult learning, teaching innovations, the future of public health law, building successful educational programs, fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships, and leading academic change in the 21st century.
Expenses for each fellow and their Dean related to attendance at the 2014 Summer Institute will be covered by the fellowship program, including travel, lodging, and meals at the Institute site. The expenses for an additional required 2-day meeting for fellows and their mentors (closing ceremony in May 2015) will also be covered.
This fellowship is designed for faculty who are passionate about teaching and have the support of their home institution for creating new courses, externships, clinics, or other curricular offerings or educational programs in the field of public health law.
Requirements for faculty fellows:
Must be employed in a full-time faculty position at a law school or school/program of public health, or be a full-time faculty member affiliated with a law school or school/program of public health, with a tenure-track, tenured, clinical-track, joint, or comparable faculty appointment.
Must have a J.D. degree.
Must have at least three years of full-time teaching experience at a graduate- or professional-school level by July 2014.
Must attend all of the summer educational institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah (expenses will be covered by the fellowship program).
The Dean must attend the initial part of the summer educational institute (July 16-19, 2014) in Park City, Utah (expenses will be covered by the fellowship program). (If the Dean has an unavoidable conflict, the Dean may designate an Associate Dean or other senior faculty leader overseeing the institution's curriculum in the Dean's stead.)
Must demonstrate interest in teaching innovations; interest in interdisciplinary, experiential, and/or practice-oriented learning is preferred.
Must be interested in building new educational programs in public health law and leading academic change.
Must have the Dean's support and commitment for the proposed project at the home institution.
Preferably should have, or have the capacity for developing, working relationships with public health practice organizations and/or interdisciplinary relationships across the campus of the home institution.
The following factors regarding the applicant will be considered in the selection process:
Demonstrated teaching background, experience, and skills
Relevant knowledge of public health law, health care law, or related subject matter
Relevant experience, if any, in public health practice or legal practice related to public health
Interest in teaching innovations, experiential learning, and building new educational programs
Interest in participating in a community of practice to enhance the teaching of public health law
Capacity to build interdisciplinary or other collaborative relationships
Leadership abilities, collegiality, and teamwork skills
Organizational skills and dependability
Strategic and interpersonal skills to effectuate long-term curricular change
Ability to meet deadlines, complete projects, and implement the proposed project
The following factors regarding the proposed project will be considered in the selection process:
Evidence that the project is innovative and will enhance the teaching of public health law
Feasibility of implementing the proposed project at the applicant's home institution
Strength of support for the proposed project by the Dean at the applicant's home institution
Importance and potential benefit of the proposed project to the applicant's home institution and as a model for other schools nationally
The relationship (or "fit") between the proposed project and other educational programs or initiatives at the home institution
Impact of the proposed project on law students, public health students, or other graduate students
Impact on the applicant's teaching, professional growth, and capacity for leadership in educational programming and academic change
Interdisciplinary or other collaborative dimensions of the proposed project
Application period: Tuesday, Sept. 3–Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Letters of reference due: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Award announcements: March 1, 2014
Fellowship orientation: April 1, 2014
Summer Institute: July 16-26, 2014 (Park City, Utah)
Final projects due: May 1, 2015
Closing ceremony: May 2015
How to Apply
Applications for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. If you haven't already done so, you will be required to register with RWJF before you begin the application process.
The deadline for the completed application, including the Dean's Transmittal Letter of Support, is Friday, December 13 (3 p.m. EST). Two additional confidential Letters of Reference must be submitted by Friday, December 6 (3 p.m. EST).
We strongly encourage applicants to log in and familiarize themselves with the online submission process and requirements well before the final application deadline. Program staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the application deadline.
We will hold an optional web conference call for applicants to provide information on the fellowship program's goals, to assist applicants with the proposal process, and to offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 from 3-4:30 p.m. (EST). Registration is required.
Please direct inquiries to:
Stacie Kershner, Associate Director
Georgia State University College of Law, Center for Law, Health & Society
Human Rights Essay Award Annual Competition: 2014 Topic--Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law
The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.
The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:
• a scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
• travel expenses to Washington D.C.
• housing at the university dorms
• a per diem for living expenses
The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.
Eligibility and Requirements:
• Candidates must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
• Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, and must be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font, in letter size paper (8.5 x11) with 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins all around. Any essay which does not follow the guidelines will be reformatted and 5 points will be taken off. If the essay is longer than 35 pages, it will be automatically disqualified.
• Each participant must also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages in length explaining the experience or interest of the author in human rights issues. Please submit the CV as a separate file from your paper.
• The essay has to be a legal article, therefore it will include foot pages and citations. The absence of those will cause that the essay will be disqualified.
• Articles can only be submitted via email to email@example.com in Microsoft Word format.
• The deadline to submit articles is February 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. E.S.T.
• Winners will be announced on April 1, 2014 through our Web site.
*Scholarship is not applicable to enroll for ABA Credit. All expenses are subject to limitations.