iPEnd Trainee Application Instructions

We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the processes and documents below in developing your application materials.

I. Preliminary Application

All training position applications must start with a preliminary application. This consists of submitting a CV and a two-page statement of interest to the program.

In your statement of interest, please describe:

  • Your past preparatory training and experiences, that provide the foundation for iPEnd training in NICHD-relevant research with translational components.
  • Your long term research interest areas and foci.
  • Examples of the types of research questions you may be interested in pursuing as an iPEnd trainee. You may reference current iPEnd trainers and training teams.
  • Your post-iPEnd career goals once you complete this proposed training.
  • Applicants interested in continuing an existing mentorship with an iPEnd trainer must identify a new research direction with translational prospects, and describe prospective co-mentors.

Please email your CV and statement to the Program Manager, Grace Jensen, at gjensen2@wisc.edu.

You have the option to submit a statement of support from an iPEnd trainer with your preliminary materials, indicating their interest in serving as your mentor and their ability to provide the resources and environment needed for your training. This statement of support is a required element of the full application, but it can be provided in the preliminary stage if circumstances allow. This statement can be included in your preliminary submission or provided directly from the prospective mentor, emailed to gjensen2@wisc.edu.

II. Preliminary Review

All complete preliminary applications will be circulated among the iPEnd faculty trainers. They will review applications for matching interests, and for prospective collaborators and translational projects. Applicants with a prospective match will be invited to interview with the program in-person, and to meet with interested faculty trainers to further develop potential project ideas. The program will provide reasonable travel funds to support in-person visits, and will coordinate virtual visits when necessary.

III. Full Application

When faculty trainers identify a prospective project that can be undertaken by a strong applicant, the applicant will be invited to develop that prospective project into a full application to the program.

A full application consists of three components:

A trainee application, which will collect basic demographic and educational information, prior training and qualifications, and details regarding the proposed research project. The trainee application consists of the following documents, which should be compiled and submitted as one .pdf document to gjensen2@wisc.edu.

  • The trainee application form
  • A research proposal. Describe the proposed two-year research plan and place it in a context relevant to NICHD. Use the following headings for the research project outline. Provide enough detail for committee members to evaluate the proposal. Do not exceed 2 pages with one-inch margins using 11-point font or larger. Figures can be attached as additional pages.
    1. Background
    2. Specific Aims
    3. Expected Outcomes
    4. Significance / Relevance of the Project to the Training Grant – Supported project must have a relevance to human health and development
    5. Anticipated Timeline for Completion
  • A personal statement. It must be clear to all candidates that the purpose of T32 support from the NIH is to train Future leaders in the field and maintain a pool of experts in the domestic US science pool. As such the T32 PI must consider a candidate’s commitment a Long Term career in the field of training. A discussion as it relates to your future career plans is essential for the reasons given. Do not exceed 2 pages with one-inch margins using 11-point font or larger. Figures can be attached as additional pages. In this document, please describe:
    • Your long-term career goals
    • How this training grant will assist in your development as a scientist
    • What you hope to gain from this experience and
    • How individual support will impact the iPend/T32 Program.
  • An NIH-style biosketch

An advisor application. The advisor will demonstrate their ability to support your training and research project, as well as their support for and participation in the postdoctoral training program and iPEnd. The advisor will submit directly to the program by emailing it to gjensen2@wisc.edu. The advisor application consists of the following documents:

  • The advisor application form.
  • A reference form, included in the advisor application form.
  • A statement of support from the proposed mentor. If this document was not included with your preliminary submission, it must be submitted in the advisor application. Again, the statement of support should indicate their interest in serving as your mentor and their ability to provide the resources and environment needed for your training.

The final component of the application is a second reference. Please provide a letter of recommendation for training grant support from a faculty member who can comment on your academic and research skills.  Request they be sent by email directly to gjensen2@wisc.edu on the attached form. Second Reference Form

Full Application Review

The training program steering committee will review completed applications and submit recommendations to the directors.

The selection of trainees will be based on: 1) achievement in prior graduate and post-graduate (if applicable) training; 2) relevance of the proposed project to the goals of the iPEnd Program and NICHD; 3) potential for success in their further post graduate career in a related research field; 4) research support from the prospective faculty mentor; 5) potential success of the proposed project, and 6) training / career outcomes of previous trainees in the laboratory in line with NIH goals.

A Special Note to MD Fellow Prospective Applicants

Priority is given to fellows training in an affiliated UW-Madison MD Fellowship program (Neonatology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Endocrinology). All Medical Fellows conducting NICHD-relevant research or research that can be applied to NICHD research areas are invited to apply; their fellowship programs must commit to supporting the fellow by providing protected research time before an offer will be finalized. For questions regarding eligible research areas and interests, please contact Dr Ian Bird (PI) before developing an application.