Center for Addiction Medicine


MGH Career Development Program in Substance Use and Addiction Medicine Call for Applications

 (Pictured right, Spring 2018 K12 Scholar, Kate Bentley, PhD)

We are delighted to announce a new round of funding for post-doctoral clinician scientists and junior faculty to receive support for training and career development in Substance Use and Addiction Medicine. Drs. Nancy Rigotti and Eden Evins (Principal Investigators) oversee the NIH-sponsored K12 career development grant from the NIH National Institute of Drug Abuse called the Career Development Program in Substance Use and Addiction Medicine. The program, a collaboration of the MGH Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, offers a multidisciplinary clinical research training program based at MGH and Harvard Medical School. Please see below for new applications to this program due November 13, 2020.

We are pleased to invite applications from post-doctoral clinician scientists (MD, PhD or equivalent) to develop an academic career in substance use and addiction medicine. Specifically, this NIH-sponsored training grant will support scholars involved in a broad range of substance use and addiction medicine topics that include but are not limited to laboratory, clinical, or epidemiologic research into such topics as risk factors, neurobiologic mechanisms of addiction and recovery, treatment development, implementation of validated interventions, factors associated with recovery, and policy. Successful applicants will have completed doctoral-level training in a clinical discipline (MD, PhD or equivalent) and will have prior relevant research training in research methodology.

Scholars will be sponsored for 2-3 years of salary, project support and intensive mentored research training and career development with Harvard faculty in basic, translational, or clinical aspects of research in addiction medicine. The program will support (1) advanced education and training in research methods relevant to a scholar’s area of interest, and (2) a mentored research experience in the addiction research programs at MGH or affiliated hospitals and institutions.

Applications are now being accepted for scholars to start the program in July 2021. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged. Final due date for applications is 5 pm EST on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Application Instructions

  1. Application, due by November 13, 2020, 5 PM EST.
    1. Application Form (attached above)
    2. Research Plan
      1. Specific aims (1 page recommended)
      2. Background (1/2 page recommended)
      3. Research design, methods, and feasibility (2.5 pages recommended)
      4. Preliminary Data, preferred but optional (1 page recommended) Sections A-D may be a maximum of 5 pages, excluding references
      5. Budget (please follow attached template)
      6. Career goals, including how the MGH K12 research scholar program will advance these goals, and a rationale for requested duration of support (2-4 years) (1 page max)
      7. References
    3. Biosketch NIH format
    4. Letters of recommendation from:
  • a clinical training program director
  • a current or recent research mentor
  • a letter of support from a proposed K12 research
    1. Single example of scholarly work, preferably a first-author


NIH guidelines for page formatting should be followed for the research plan. grants/howtoapplyapplicationguide/formatandwrite/formatattachments.htm


*E-mail all application materials in a single PDF file to: Gladys Pachas, MD, Program Director, MGH Center for Addiction Medicine 617-643-1991 Notification of awards will be made in December 2020


Citizenship and Recruitment of Underrepresented Groups

Per NIH guidelines, applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment (must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status. Non-citizen with temporary or student visas are not eligible to apply unless they have begun the process for becoming a permanent resident and expect to be admitted as a permanent resident by the earliest possible award date. Persons from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


We look forward to reviewing your application. If you have questions about this program, please contact: Gladys Pachas, MD ( or 617-643-1991)