NUKIDs: Scientist Training Program in Kidney Disease
The Northwestern University Scientist Training Program in Kidney Disease (NUKIDs) is a mentored training program sponsored by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (grant #T32 DK108738). The purpose of this program is to nurture bright, enthusiastic, well-trained, academically-oriented MDs, MD/PhDs, and PhDs in pursuit of a career in Kidney Research, developing the next generation of academic leaders.
Our mission is to address the urgent need for Nephrology research training by providing rigorous mentored and inspired research experiences in both clinical and basic disciplines. The program builds on the strengths of current training opportunities in basic, clinical, translational, public health and health services research and engages a pool of talented investigators within the adult and pediatric divisions of Nephrology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Lurie Hospital, the division of transplant medicine and numerous other Departments across the Northwestern campus. This first time proposal request comes at a time of substantial and sustained growth in the Divisions of Nephrology and the research enterprise of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Our program will provide a `team approach' to mentorship, which will be provided by both clinical and basic investigators who have expertise across multiple disciplines. This approach will provide trainees with essential skills needed to develop the most innovative, successful and significant kidney research programs in the ever- evolving scientific environment, which depends heavily on ability of investigators to develop multi-disciplinary collaborations. The specific objectives of the training grant are:
- to develop clinical and basic research scientists, who will ultimately be capable of independently performing hypothesis-driven research that addresses the needs of our target patient population
- to provide stipend support and protected time for research trainees
- to provide both basic and clinical science trainees a rigorous base of classroom and interactive study in the disciplines necessary for successfully conducting research relevant to disease etiology, pathogenesis and outcomes and for the development of innovative care to patients with all forms of kidney disease and/or replacement therapy
- to establish an ongoing evaluation process
- to provide exposure to both basic and clinical research through a co-mentorship process
- to train pediatric and adult nephrologists side-by-side to improve understanding of kidney disease initiation, progression and transition.
Applications for two 2017-2018 postdoctoral trainees are currently being accepted.
Susan E Quaggin, MD
Director, Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute
Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine
Charles H. Mayo, MD, Professor of Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension)
Administrator, Division of Nephrology & FCVRI
Research Administrator, Division of Nephrology & FCVRI
Program Eligibility and Application Process
The NUKIDs: Scientist Training Program in Kidney Disease, housed within the Divsion of Nephrology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is curerntly accepting applications for two 2017-2018 postdoctoral trainees.
Candidates must meet NRSA citizenship and support requirements:
- Citizenship: Any individual to be trained must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
- NRSA Support: No individual trainee may receive more than 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level and 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grants and individual fellowships.
For more information on NRSA eligibility requirements, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement on Kirschstein NRSAs.
Interested candidates should submit the following application materials:
- NUKIDs Applicant Data Form
- NIH NRSA Fellowship style Biosketch
- Letter of support from NUKIDs mentor (Candidates should contact a NUKIDs mentor to discuss their projects before applying)
- Predoctoral Applicants should include Northwestern University graduate school academic record including courses and GPA (copies are fine; originals sent from registrar are not necessary)
- Non-U.S. citizens must submit a copy of currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status with their application.
- OPTIONAL: Additional relevant documents applicant would like to include (e.g. publications, additional letters of recommendation, etc.)
T32 Executive Committee
FAQ & Program Expectations
What is a Payback Obligation and how do I know if I incur one?
Any NRSA postdoctoral trainee or fellow incurs a payback obligation during their first year of support. Pre-doctoral NRSA trainees do not incur a payback obligation. Payback means that you will perform qualified research or teaching activities for a length of time equal to the period of NRSA support you received. Receiving 12 months of postdoctoral training support obligates you to perform 12 months of qualified research or teaching activities as payback. Only the first year of training incurs a payback obligation; the second year of training pays back the first year, with each month of qualifying payback activity paying back one month of NRSA support. If you receive two full years of NRSA training, you will have completed your payback obligation. In general, payback activity must involve at least 20 hours per week and be conducted over 12 consecutive months. Special exceptions to these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Additional resources on Payback Obligations can be found on the NIH website:
See a list of resources dedicated to T32 trainees. All trainees are encouraged to join the Department of Medicine New Investigator Career Enhancement (NICE) group and visit the NIK T32 Kiosk.
The following resources are made available to trainees:
- DOM New Investigator Career Enhancement (NICE) group
- Navigating the Research Enterprise (1st Mondays)
- Division of Nephrology Renal Grand Rounds
- Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) Seminar Series
- NIH T32 Kiosk
Contact Jennifer Felten with any questions you may have.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine. We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.
For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources: