INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship at National Institute on Drug Abuse

20 10 2008


The INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship combines postdoctoral research training in the United States with professional development activities and grant-writing guidance to form a unique program for drug abuse scientists. Fellows may conduct their research in any aspect of the biomedical or behavioral science of drug abuse and addiction. Previous Fellows have conducted research in all aspects of drug abuse and addiction, from social science to basic science, including epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and preclinical and clinical sciences. Fellows and their mentors are encouraged to develop jointly and seek funding for a collaborative research project to be conducted in the Fellow’s home country. Fellows and their U.S. mentors are part of a network of international scientists who exchange information and collaborate on drug abuse research nationally, regionally, and globally.
What Does the Fellowship Include?
The 12-month fellowship provides –
  • Rigorous postdoctoral research training with a NIDA grantee at a U.S. institution.
  • Professional development activities that help you establish personal relationships with NIDA grantees and NIDA officials who are willing to continue working with you after you return home.
  • A stipend of $36,000US for living and personal expenses, round-trip travel, and a $4,000US allowance to cover the cost of health insurance and professional development activities.

Who Is Eligible?
The requirements for INVEST applicants are –

  • An earned doctoral degree in medicine, public health, biomedical, behavioral, or social sciences.
  • A minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral research experience, including a demonstrated ability to engage in independent research.
  • Written assurance from an institution in the home country that there is a position to which the applicant can return after completing the fellowship.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Citizenship or permanent residency in a country other than the United States.
    Status of living and working outside the United States at the time the application is submitted.
  • Eligibility for the J-1 visa to enter the United States.

How Should I Apply?
The INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship application requires careful and thorough coordination between the applicant and mentor:

  • Contact a NIDA-supported researcher in the United States who is willing to serve as a mentor. The mentor must be a current NIDA grantee.
  • Notify the NIDA International Program of your plans to apply.
  • Write a detailed research plan for working with the U.S. mentor on biomedical or behavioral research investigating the causes, consequences, prevention, or treatment of drug abuse and addiction.
  • Complete and submit your application to the NIDA International Program.

How Can I Get Help in Finding a Mentor?
To find the Mentor who’s right for you, consult the online database of research projects supported by NIH at, review journals online at PubMed at, or email the NIDA International Program for assistance at

  • Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 1
  • Notification of Award: June 1 and December 1

Instruction and application materials for the INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship can be downloaded from this Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format:




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