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How to Apply


Qualified applicants to the INSPIRE program must have completed a doctoral-level degree. Those with a medical degree must have also completed a US residency program.

Applicants must show proof of United States citizenship.

How to Apply

Important: There is no set application deadline. Admission is rolling until all seven positions are filled. Therefore, early applications receive priority. If you have a question regarding your eligibility or an application, contact Shannon Christensen at shannon-christensen@uiowa.edu.

To apply, please mail the following application materials to Shannon Christensen at the address below:

  • Cover letter stating your interest in the INSPIRE program
  • Resume/CV
  • Study project proposal (2-5 pages), which includes the following:
  • a description of your substantive areas of interest
  • the type of project you wish to undertake
  • the particular methods of approach in which you want additional training
  • the laboratory or research unit in which you would prefer to work
  • Three letters of reference can be mailed to the Program Manager (see below)
    • One letter must be from a previous research mentor
    • One letter must be from a previous research collaborator
    • One letter can be a professional reference of your choice


Shannon Christensen
INSPIRE Program Manager
The University of Iowa - Department of Psychiatry
501 Newton Road, 216 Medical Research Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-6645