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INSPIRE Fellowship


The Iowa Neuroscience Specialty Program in Research Education (INSPIRE) has seven post-doctoral training positions within the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychiatry. The two-year fellowship program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is designed to train fellows who are dedicated to a career in neuroscience research. Fellows have the opportunity to work alongside a University of Iowa senior investigator based on their research interest. Faculty mentors specialize in a wide range of research topics including:

  • Neuroimaging
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuromodulation
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Epidemiology

The program stresses the acquisition and application of research skills in neuroscience technologies to examine the mechanisms, lifetime trajectory, and treatment approaches to major mental illnesses. The program also emphasizes the acquisition of skills across all stages of research, beginning with study design and continuing through implementation, statistical analysis, translational teamwork, and the publication of results. Fellows will receive hands-on experience working in their selected research lab along with completing supplemental coursework. They will also receive training in grant writing and submission, with the goal of becoming early career independent investigators on completion of the program.

Fellows may also choose to obtain a Masters Degree in Translational Biomedicine through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

The UI’s Department of Psychiatry is a national leader in research that looks into the causes of mental illnesses and new treatment options. Take a look at some of the work being done in our research labs:


INSPIRE Training

How to apply