Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program

The overall goal of the Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program (CFR-PDTP) is to prepare a diverse pool of scientists to launch extramurally funded careers focused on translational science that strengthens families.  The CFR-PDTP seeks motivated and visionary doctoral students who are interested in becoming productive and successful independent research investigators.

The CFR-PDTP will accomplish its goal by inviting 4 to 6 doctoral students to become involved in a guided grant-writing program. Successful applicants will form a cohort of Fellows led by Drs. Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ronald B. Cox, and other faculty who have proven success at receiving funding.  Fellows will be expected to write an application for a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32). The CFR-PDTP will support the Fellows by providing instruction and detailed feedback through regular group meetings (via Skype) and individual consultations as they write their proposals. Final proposals will go through a mock review led by NIH reviewers at the NCFR 2015 annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. Final F32 grant applications are expected to be submitted to the NIH for the December 2015 cycle.

Although, the F32 is a researcher initiated postdoctoral award, the award is granted to the sponsoring institution. As part of the training CFR-PDTP, Fellows will be guided to select both the institution and the mentors that are best aligned with their research interests and training needs. More information about the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) as well as the latest Program Announcement can be found at:

How to Apply


Doctoral student or candidate (within 24 months of expected completion of dissertation) in an accredited Human Development and Family Science (or related) graduate program, and substantive interest in family resilience.

Application Process:

  1. Describe how your post doctoral work will go beyond your dissertation including:
    1. 3 to 5 objectives of your postdoctoral work;
      1. These objectives can be substantive (e.g., mastery of a given literature) or research (e.g., an additional research question);
    2. Describe the corresponding activities that you would like to engage in to accomplish your post doctoral objectives (e.g., new substantive coursework, guided readings; working with an investigator on an ongoing research project, fielding a small pilot research project).
  2. A brief biographical sketch that describes your historical, present, and anticipated steps in creating and launching a coherent research program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation that speak to your potential to become an independent NIH funded researcher.
  4. An updated copy of your CV.
  5. Applications should not exceed 3-pages excluding biographical sketch, CV, and letters of recommendation (pages should be single-spaced with .5” margins and no smaller than 11 pt Ariel font). 

Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, April 26th 2015

To apply go to:

To provide letters of recommendation go to:

Applicants will be notified of decisions by approximately May 4th with the first meeting of the successful applicants expected to be held the 3rd week of May 2015.