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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program provides intensive mentored research experiences designed to prepare outstanding junior faculty to become independent investigators in women’s health research.

As part of the BIRCWH program, scholars receive:

  • Didactic material in responsible conduct of research, experimental design, biometry, statistical analysis, research methods, and basic research skills related to neurosciences and women’s health, in order to provide a strong, comprehensive base of relevant knowledge and skills
  • Seminars and journal clubs in women’s health research, in order to promote information exchange and interdisciplinary interaction in the context of current findings and new implications
  • Ongoing activities providing continuing review and consultation in critical areas such as biostatistical consultation, research ethics, human subject protection and privacy issues, and grantsmanship, in order to ensure continuous learning, sound judgment, and awareness of changing dynamics in scientific research
  • Additional opportunities to participate in thematic or topical exchanges with other interdisciplinary research groups at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) pertinent to the BIRCWH Scholar’s chosen research interests (such as the Addiction Research Seminar Series and Journal Club, Aging Seminar Series and Journal Club, and Health Disparities Seminar Series) in order to extend BIRCWH Scholars’ interdisciplinary perspective on women’s health research and expand networking opportunities for future collaborations
  • A comprehensive evaluation plan utilizing formative and summative techniques as well as formal and informal approaches for reviewing and evaluating both scholar progress and program effectiveness in order to provide outstanding mentoring in research relevant to women’s health

Key information:

  • 2 year maximum term
  • 75% minimum effort
  • $100,000 maximum salary, including fringe

Eligibility: Junior faculty and senior fellows/postdoctoral trainees pending faculty appointment with a doctorate and less than 5 years of research training who are committed to a career in clinical research in drug abuse and addiction. Scholars are scientists with doctoral-level professional degrees who represent a broad range of disciplines, professions, specialties and sub-specialties, and who can develop into future leaders of clinical research.  Examples include MD, PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, and PharmD. All candidates with clinical doctorates are expected to have completed the specific requirements leading to clinical certification. 

To apply: The call for applications is in February of each academic year that an appointment is available. Applications are due in April (see website for exact dates). Appointments begin July 1st.

More information on the BIRCWH program, or contact Ford Simmons (

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