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Faculty fellowship helps build community-engaged research

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute‘s Community Engaged Research Core offers an annual 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 includes the active involvement and participation of community stakeholders in the research process. 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 is for:

  • researchers already engaged in time- and resource-demanding community-engaged research, or
  • 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 be part of the Community Engaged Research Core team, which involves attending monthly meetings and working with the team on CERC activities and consultations as part of the experience.

Submission information will be posted when applications are being accepted.

Learn more about the Community Engaged Research Core here.

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Faculty Fellowship Program Details

Funding Expand answer

Mentored fellowships provide funding for a faculty member for up to a total of two course buyouts (one per semester) or .10 FTE of clinic time over the course of one year for study and training in community-engaged research with the guidance and support of a mentor, identified by the fellow, who has agreed to provide mentoring.

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
  • NIH biographical sketch
  • Goals for the faculty fellowship
    • Describe the research area and its significance. Explain the need for increased community involvement in the program of research.
    • Explain how the fellowship will play a significant role in advancing the fellow’s research program and how the mentor will assist with this.
  • Identified mentor
    • All fellows who apply must have identified a mentor whose role is to help them develop new competency in community-engaged research.
  • 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.
    • Explain how the fellowship will lead to a proposal for external funding.
    • Describe the activities that the mentor and mentee will do together, including deliverables (publications, grant proposals, etc.) and a general description of the mentee’s research that the mentoring will help move forward.
  • Budget
    • Submit the cost of two course buyouts (or equivalent) for an entire academic year according to the potential fellow’s department.
    • Mentor research funds, up to $3,000, are available to support the mentor’s program of research. The money does go to the mentor, as stated, since the mentors are otherwise uncompensated for this activity.
  • Attach statements of support from both the principal investigator’s department head and the mentor. The mentor letter should describe the training plan and planned deliverables, and indicate their willingness to serve as a mentor.

Submission information will be posted when applications are being accepted.

Review Criteria Expand answer
  • Merits of the proposal, including its innovation, significance and relevance to the 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 the end of November) 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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