• PSDP Fellows’ Frequently Asked Questions

    This list is for information purposes only and is not intended to address every contingency. If you do not see your question answered below or would like additional details, please contact us.
  • No. Awardees are expected to have uninterrupted research time for two consecutive years.

    The terms and conditions of your grant state that 100% of your time is to be dedicated to your PSDP research project. Clinical duties are strictly prohibited during the PSDP fellowship period, including night or weekend call. Moonlighting is also strictly prohibited.

    Those PSDP Fellows who successfully apply for a third year of funding may spend up to 15% time in clinical activities.

    NICHD-supported PSDP fellows receive $10,000 through the PSDP; the sponsoring chair will provide an additional $10,000 for a total $20,000 supply budget.  PSDP fellows who are funded through other organizations will receive $20,000 through the PSDP.

    Your $20,000 budget may be used for:

    • Purchasing a computer (if needed): you may use up to $3,000 from your supply budget to purchase a computer for PSDP-related research. Please note that when your grant award period ends, the sponsoring institutional rules will determine whether you may take the computer with you.
    • Computer programs/software needed for your research.
    • Other supplies and equipment needed for your research.
    • Registration and travel expenses to meetings/conferences related to your PSDP research (no clinical meetings/conferences may be paid for with PSDP funds); all meeting/conference attendance must be pre-approved by PSDP Administration.
    • PSDP Fellows who are re-locating from their nominating institution to their sponsoring institution may use up to $2,000 to defray moving expenses. Fellows who are remaining at the same institution may not use their PSDP funds for this purpose.

    No. The entire salary support is intended to protect your time for your research. Any unexpended salary and fringe benefits may not be re-allocated into any other cost category.

    Yes, a portion of the $20,000 supply budget may be used for approved tuition/courses that are in alignment with the PSDP Scholars’ required curriculum, research training, and career development goals. Prior approval must be obtained from your research mentor and PSDP Administration.

    Funds may not be expended on the following: (a) salary/compensation for the research mentors; (b) direct support of the mentors' laboratory personnel; (c) salary for technical support; or (d) medical license or other license renewals.

    The first step is to consult your research mentor and work with him/her to develop a change proposal. Submit the change proposal to PSDP Administration. The Administrator will distribute the proposal to the PSDP Steering Committee for review. The Committee, by majority vote, may approve or deny the proposal. The PSDP Fellow may also be contacted for additional information prior to the vote.

    No PSDP fellow can hold a K or R-level award from the NIH during the term of the PSDP grant.  If a PSDP fellow is appointed Instructor and receives, for example, a K12 CHRCDA, K02, K08, K23, R21, or R01 award, then the fellow must resign his/her position in the PSDP.

    A fellow may use non-NIH funding, but may not receive a concomitant salary from an outside grant.  For instance, if a third-year PSDP fellow is appointed Instructor and gets a $10,000 salary on a foundation grant, then the fellow/Instructor will have to return the salary on the foundation grant.

    Yes, as long as (1) your project does not change substantially, (2) the new institution will accept your grant, and (3) the new institution can provide an environment, resources, and career development activities comparable to your current institution. Awards are made to a specific institution for a specific program under the guidance of a particular research mentor(s). Changes in any of these parameters require prior approval by the PSDP. A scientific rationale must be provided for any proposed changes in the aims of the original peer reviewed program. The new program will be evaluated by the PSDP Steering Committee to ensure that the program remains within the scope of the original peer reviewed research program. If the new program does not satisfy this requirement, support could be withheld or the award could be suspended or terminated. The PSDP Steering Committee has final jurisdiction over all requests to change institutions.

    Yes, as long as (1) you can identify a comparable mentor who will accept you, (2) your project does not change, and (3) your department/division indicates that it will still support you. You can keep your current mentor as a long-distance co-mentor, as well. Awards are made to a specific institution for a specific program under the guidance of a particular research mentor(s). Changes in any of these parameters require prior approval by the PSDP. The new program will be evaluated by the PSDP Steering Committee to ensure that the program remains within the scope of the original peer reviewed research program. If the new program does not satisfy this requirement, support could be withheld or the award could be suspended or terminated. The PSDP Steering Committee has final jurisdiction over all requests to change mentors.

    Maternity leave is granted in accordance with your sponsoring institution’s policy. You are required to notify PSDP Administration of your planned maternity leave, including starting and ending dates, in advance. This will allow the PSDP Administration to make the appropriate arrangements with your sponsoring institution.

    Note: Your PSDP funding will continue for the duration of your maternity leave. However, you will be required to make up your leave time at the end of your PSDP fellowship period, and any additional costs incurred will be covered by your sponsoring chair/department.

    First-year and second-year fellows are not permitted to accept any faculty position. If they choose to do so, they will be required to resign from the PSDP Fellowship.

    Third-year fellows may accept non-ladder-track positions, such as Instructors, Clinical Instructors, or Research Scientists.

    PSDP Fellows are not permitted to accept an Assistant Professor or any ladder-track position. If they choose to do so, they will be required to resign from the PSDP Fellowship.

    PSDP Fellows who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the USA are eligible for the NIH Loan Repayment Program and are urged to learn about this program (http://www.lrp.nih.gov/).