The Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Scholar position is a junior faculty position. The scholar position is not a fellowship or an extension of a fellowship position. Similarly, these positions are not for senior faculty members. This junior faculty appointment is for eligible candidates who meet the following qualifications and obligations:

  • Scholars must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals or must be able to provide legal proof of lawful admission for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Scholars must have successfully completed an MD and pediatric residency.
  • Scholars can be no more than 4 years beyond attaining subspecialty board eligibility;  however, for individuals who have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service, or other circumstances, the hiatus will not count against the 4-year limit. Completion of subspecialty training is not required. Scholars may be appointed during the final research year of subspecialty fellowship training if the fellowship provides similar science training.
  • Scholars cannot have been the principal investigator of an NIH research grant or contract (including R, P, and K awards). Principal investigators on an R03 or R21 remain eligible providing they meet the other eligibility requirements.
  • Scholars must be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of their full-time professional effort (9 person-months) in research and research career development activities.
  • Scholars must be willing, and are encouraged and expected, to seek independent grant support during the award period.
  • Scholars may not accept or hold any other PHS award that duplicates the provisions of this career award during the period of this award; however, Scholars may remain eligible for other individual mentored career development awards (K awards) at the conclusion of their appointment if additional training is needed to establish research independence. Combined support through K awards must not exceed 6 years.
  • Scholars must have the full support of their supervisor and division director for this program.

CHRCDA projects may be clinical or non-clinical as long as they relate to the goals of the CHRCDA program. Clinical fellows in subspecialty training may be appointed to an NICHD K12 program such as the CHRCDA providing that all the K12 requirements are met, including continuity on the K12 and maintaining 75 percent time in research.