MUSC-Claflin IRACDA scholars are selected by the program directors and Internal Advisory Committee. Successful individuals will receive one to three years of support pending satisfactory performance in both teaching and research components of the training program. Salaries will be awarded at current NRSA stipend levels, plus fringe benefits according to MUSC policy. Each awardee will also receive $10,000 for research supplies and $2,000 towards resource user fees. There is an additional allowance of $2,000 for lab supplies related to curricular development at Claflin University, plus a teaching-related travel allowance. South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA offers IRACDA scholars an “Invited Teaching Supplement” up to $2,000, which may be requested for the scholar to participate in a short-term teaching opportunity at a location other than the teaching mentor’s institution.
Each awardee will be required to attend the annual join meeting of all NIGMS-supported IRACDA programs. Separate funds are available to cover registration, lodging and travel to the annual IRACDA meeting, which currently encompasses eleven programs.
Within one month of appointment each postdoctoral scholar will present a 30 minute seminar on their research interests to the Internal Advisory Committee to establish a baseline of presentation skills. At the end of support scholars will present an hour long, interview style seminar to the Program Directors, Internal Advisory Board, Steering Committee and External Program Reviewer as one measure of impact of the training program on the scholar’s career development. Objective measures of programmatic success include number of publications, grant applications, job interviews, and curricular development outcomes related to the IRACDA scholar’s teaching at Claflin University.