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New York State International Training & Research Program

Non-Degree Programs

Postdoctoral Lab Training Program

Post-doctoral training at the Wadsworth Center Laboratories in Albany offers an intensive 1- to 2-year program for individuals with MD, DVM, and PhD degrees or PhD candidates who will conduct research for their dissertations in both the United States and their home countries. Fellows work under the direction of a dedicated mentor and participate in academic functions including courses at the School of Public Health in Albany, seminars, journal clubs, and research meetings.  The goal of this training is for the fellow to conduct sustainable independent research at his/her home country institution.  Wadsworth Center faculty support fellows by providing a strong background in bioethics, good clinical practice, and biosafety; helping fellows develop scientific presentations and grant writing skills; and teaching fellows the fundamentals of data management, research administration, and the management of intellectual property.

Note:  Applicants in both degree programs and post-doctoral programs are required to participate in mandatory intensive ethics training sessions.  Subjects covered include research ethics, data management, data ownership, publications, misconduct, and intellectual property issues. Information is also provided on informed consent in human subjects’ research, responsible use of animals, issues relating to genetic testing, and information and issues relating to conflicts of interest.


In-Country Training Program: Seminars and Workshops

Short-term in-country training programs are held on a regular basis. The curriculum for each of these courses focuses on specific issues of concern to Eastern European and Central Asian partners. The in-country program uses a workshop format that utilizes home country and US faculty members.

The short-term in-country programs have three goals:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in infectious diseases from all participants.
  • Introduce participants to new epidemiologic and laboratory methods.
  • Promote the New York State International Training Program and interview potential applicants.


Substance Use Prevention Research Training Program

The Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR)  provides fellows with a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship focused on community-based research in substance use prevention. (Courses of study less than 1 year may be considered, determined by fellow’s needs and faculty arrangement). Each fellow is assessed for research interests and strengths by a program faculty member. A fellow’s training is then linked to both a specific mentor and funded study and includes seminars and training courses through CDUHR. Field experiences will be available (i.e., street-based outreach prevention interventions, needle-exchange services) as well as rotations through SUNY-DMC’s HIV Clinic to observe successful integration of substance use and HIV care. CDUHR faculty will continue to mentor fellows after their return to their home country.

 The recipient of the Substance Use Prevention Research Training will:

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Understand and integrate epidemiological principles in population-based research;
  • Have knowledge of various substance use treatment modalities in research.


Advanced In-Country Research Training Support

Advanced In-Country Research Training funds support projects of fellows once they have returned to their home country after training. The focus of these training grants includes transfer and application of knowledge and technical expertise; expanding research capacity; and expanding collaborative research efforts in the home institution to assist trainees in becoming independently supported scientists.

Funding of up to $12,000 (plus up to 8% indirect costs) will be awarded competitively for project expenses.  Additionally, up to $3,000 is available to a US mentor (in consultation with our fiscal personnel) for non salary expenses related to the proposed project.  The proposed research project should be conducted in-country and represent an independent project under the direct supervision of both a US and an in-country advisor (mentor). The innovative and scientific aspects of the proposal are of importance. Special emphasis will be given to collaborative projects between New York Fogarty program (and affiliated) faculty in the targeted country, as well as those in which the investigator can provide a concrete assessment of the viability of continued funding following the conclusion of the project.

NYS-ITRP post-doctoral fellows and School of Public Health students who will have completed at least 9 months in Fogarty supported training at the time of funding are eligible to apply. The research project must be part of the training program and submitted within 3 years following the completion of NYS-ITRP supported training. Students completing the Fogarty Collaborative MPH program (Georgia only) are also eligible. All applicants are required to have a published first-author paper prior to applying.