Applications open for Community Engaged Research Core Faculty Fellowship Program

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute‘s Community Engaged Research Core is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 Faculty Fellowship Program.

This opportunity is open to all Penn State junior or mid-level faculty who want to advance their practice of community-engaged research. Community-engaged research is the active involvement and participation of community stakeholders. The degree of community involvement in research is determined beforehand and falls on a continuum of possibilities from collaborating fully in all aspects of research to being involved in a targeted part of the research study.

This fellowship provides mentoring and research experience to develop new competency in community engaged research for junior or mid-level faculty who want to bring this type of research into their own programs. The fellowship may serve:

  • researchers already engaged in time- and resource-demanding community engaged research
  • early career researchers and advanced trainees desiring hands-on experience and mentoring in the science and practice of community engaged research

In addition to being mentored and gaining research experience, fellows will participate in the Community Engaged Research Core Faculty for Clinical and Translational Science Institute, attending meetings and working with the faculty leads on core’s activities and consultations.

Applications are due March 28, 2018.

Learn more about the Community Engaged Research Core here.

February 15, 2018 Penn State College of Medicine News

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Faculty Fellowship Program Details

Funding Expand answer

Mentored fellowships provide funding for a faculty member for up to two course buyouts or the equivalent during an academic year for study and training in community engaged research with the guidance and support of a mentor.

Eligibility Expand answer

A junior or mid-level faculty member or established research scientist at any Penn State campus is eligible to apply.

How to Apply Expand answer

The application should be no more than three single-spaced pages and should include the following:

  • Title of project
  • Goals for the faculty fellowship
    • Describe the research area and its significance.
    • Explain how the fellowship will play a significant role in advancing the fellow research program.
  • Activity plan
    • Describe the activities that will be undertaken during the fellowship period, including how these activities will advance the goals of the fellowship and a timeline for their accomplishment.
    • Describe the role of each fellow or the fellow and mentor and their qualifications for their roles. For mentored fellowships, a training plan should be included.
    • Explain how the fellowship will lead to a proposal for external funding.
  • Statements of support from department head(s) and mentor(s)/fellow collaborator(s) other than the PI

Interested faculty members should submit their application to along with all supplemental documents on or before March 28, 2018.

Review Criteria Expand answer
  • Merits of the proposal, including its innovation, significance and relevance to Community Engaged Research Core’s mission
  • Qualifications, commitment, and clarity of roles for the investigator(s) and mentor(s)
  • Clarity, rigor, and feasibility of the work plan
  • Likelihood of an external proposal resulting from fellowship
Progress Reports Expand answer

Awardees are required to provide a progress report mid-year (by Nov. 30, 2018) and a final report no later than 30 days after the end of the fellowship highlighting progress made, tangible outcomes (e.g., papers, presentations), and the plan and timeline for an external grant proposal.

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