Applicants

 

Pre-doctoral Fellowship Application Guidelines

Application process 

All pre-doctoral applicants will submit (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives, including the names of two prospective mentors selected from the list of affiliated faculty; (3) a list of completed and planned coursework; and (4) one letter of recommendation. Applicants are required to contact prospective mentors to discuss their interests and plans before applying; one mentor should be a prevention specialist and one mentor should be a methodology specialist. 

Selection process

To be eligible, applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, in accordance with NRSA guidelines. If you are an international graduate student who is interested in the program, please contact Dr. Bethany Bray. Applicants must be on track to complete at least two years of graduate study and a Master’s degree by the start of the fellowship. We will consider applicants with at least one year of graduate study at Penn State who have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from another institution. Applications will be considered from any PhD-granting department at Penn State that has at least one affiliated faculty member. Applications will be considered once per year, in the Spring semester. 

Recruitment of applicants will begin with a general announcement about the availability of PAMT pre-doctoral fellowships in January.

Selection of applicants will be conducted by committee in March and applicants will be informed of the committee's decisions by April 1. Selected pre-doctoral trainees will start their fellowships on July 1.

Selection criteria include (a) interest in developing an independent research program focusing on the integration of prevention science and quantitative methods, evaluated through the applicant’s statement of research interests and courses taken; (b) demonstration of excellent academic performance, as indicated by course grades and evaluations by faculty; (c) aptitude, skill, and productivity in research, as demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences; (d) excellent evaluation by faculty in a recommendation letter; and (e) commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting, particularly as described in the applicant’s statement of career objectives.

Questions? See About PAMT for more information about the program. For specific inquiries please contact the Associate Training Director, Dr. Bethany Bray (bcbray@psu.edu or 814-865-1225).

 


 

Post-doctoral Fellowship Application Guidelines

Application process

Post-doctoral applicants will be drawn from graduate programs in (a) the social, behavioral, or health sciences, or (b) quantitative psychology, biostatistics, statistics, and related areas. All post-doctoral applicants will submit (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives, including the names of two prospective mentors selected from the list of affiliated faculty; and (3) two letters of reccommendation. Applicants are required to contact prospective mentors to discuss their interests and plans before applying; one mentor should be a prevention specialist and one mentor should be a methodology specialist.

Selection process

To be eligible, applicants for post-doctoral fellowships must anticipate completion of a PhD (or equivalent, such as a SciD) by the start date of the fellowship. (A prospective fellow must complete this requirement before starting the fellowship.) In accordance with NRSA guidelines, all post-doctoral trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Recruitment of applicants will occur whenever there is an anticipated opening. We recongnize that doctoral candidates may complete their degree requirements and be available to start a fellowship at almost any time of the year.

Selection of applicants is conducted in stages. First, post-doctoral applications are screened by Dr. Bethany Bray for eligibility and fit with the program. Applications that pass this initial screening are then reviewed by Dr. Linda Collins, Dr. Diana Fishbein, and the prospective mentors named in the application. Drs. Collins, Fishbein, and Bray will then invite the most promising candidates to Penn State for an in-person visit (with expenses covered). During this visit a candidate will give a presentation; meet with Drs. Collins, Fishbein, and Bray, their prospective mentors, current PAMT trainees, and other scientists at both the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center; and be provided with information about Penn State and the State College area. Final decisions will be made by Drs. Collins, Fishbein, and Bray.

Selection criteria include (a) interest in and likelihood of developing an independent research program focusing on the integration of prevention science and quantitative methods, evaluated through the applicant’s statement of research interests and reflected in research experience to date; (b) commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting, particularly as described in the applicant’s statement of career objectives; (c) aptitude, skill, and productivity in research, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences; (d) outstanding evaluation by faculty in recommendation letters; and (e) delivery of an excellent presentation at the visit to Penn State.

Questions? See About PAMT for more information about the program. For specific inquiries please contact the Associate Training Director, Dr. Bethany Bray (bcbray@psu.edu or 814-865-1225).