Training Grants

OHSU Training Grants Recruiting Trainees

Many research programs at OHSU support investigators through institutional training grants such as T32s. Some of these programs are recruiting--both from within OHSU and from other institutions. Refer to the links below  to see if one of these might be a good fit for you. 

Many of these programs recruit annually, so if the dates are expired, use this information to plan ahead. If you're looking for an individual training grant, such as an F31 or F32, please visit the NIH's training grants website. Also, return to this site to see if new training programs are recruiting!

Contact us to list your training opportunity on this page.

OHSU Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion in Research

Description: An institutionally funded, competitive recruitment program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic scientific research at OHSU. We seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to the academic mission of OHSU. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training and junior faculty research in all scientific areas of study at OHSU. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as grant writing assistance to prepare them for a faculty position in a major university. A “matchmaking” system will be used to match potential mentors with prospective candidates based on the research interests of the candidates. In addition to research training and mentorship, Fellows and their research mentors will receive grant-writing assistance through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. To help Fellows transition into life in Portland, they will be connected with members of the Portland community who will be tasked with welcoming them to the city and ensuring they have the accommodations necessary to make them feel comfortable, settled, and integrated into Portland life. Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor. For more information, please review the OFDIR website or send an email to: .
Applications are accepted year round.
Fellows receive a stipend based on the OHSU Minimum Rates and NIH (FY2017) Stipend Scales, up to $3,000 for relocation, and up to $5,000 in additional research funding. Junior faculty stipends will be position appropriate and will be determined by the host institution.
Postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation and individuals with postdoctoral training experience looking to establish an independent academic research career. Postdocs and fellows who currently have a position at OHSU are ineligible for this program. 


NIH Supported Training Grant in Interactions at the Microbe/Host Interface

Description: This NIH supported T32 training grant focuses on providing research and career training for both pre- and post-doctoral trainees working on microbial pathogens with a general emphasis on how such microbes interact with their mammalian hosts. Trainees must be conducting either thesis work (pre-doctoral) or post-doctoral research under the primary supervision one of the faculty preceptors who is a member of this training grant. Faculty preceptors are housed in several departments and are involved in a broad range of work, including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and immunology of infectious diseases, some aspect of host cell biology that is relevant to microbial infections, or biophysics, chemical biology, or pharmaceutical chemistry related to pathogenic microbes. Prospective trainees apply once a year, as positions become available in the program, and support is often but not exclusively for two years. Trainees are expected to give an annual seminar under the auspices of the Department of Molecular Microbiology &Immunology and to attend a variety of career development meetings sponsored by the training grant throughout the year. These meetings introduce trainees to a range of career options within science, including academia (both research universities and teaching colleges), national laboratories, pharma, biotech, etc. Trainees must present a short (20-minute) research talk to the other trainees and must also submit a short written progress report in April of each year.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted once per year, usually in June. The number and type of positions will vary from one year to the next, but a total of eight trainees are supported.
Amount: Postdoctoral stipends are those set by the NIH, and pre-doctoral stipends are OHSU graduate research assistant levels. Some additional funds are provided to support travel to scientific meetings, mini-sabbaticals for training outside OHSU, and laboratory supplies.
Eligibility: Per NIH guidelines, all trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be working for a faculty member who is an appointed preceptor on this training grant. Those working for non-training grant faculty members are not eligible to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research and Translational Science

Description: An NIH-sponsored training program for Cardiovascular Research and Translational Science that is dedicated to the advanced specialty research training of physician-scientists and basic scientists at OHSU. The program funds a total of six positions (M.D., D.O., or Ph.D.) for a two-year research experience in one of four general investigative categories (see faculty): Regulatory Physiology; Diabetes/Obesity; Developmental Programming; and Human Studies. This training program provides laboratory research training and mentoring that will establish the basis for a successful career as an independent investigator in an academic institution. Laboratory research will be supplemented with course work and scientific seminars. Unique aspects of the program include provision of individualized curriculum and career development, and the team-approach to mentoring that include both basic and clinical scientists. The goal of the program is to produce scientists with a broad outlook and a focus on bringing science to the benefit of patients. Please contact Lisa Rhuman, the OHSU Heart Research Center administrator if you have any questions.
Deadline: TBD
Amount: See full announcement.
Eligibility: Trainees must have a graduate degree (M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.V.M., PharmD, D.D.S., etc.) Trainees must either be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national of the U.S., or have Permanent Resident status (possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Three trainees will be accepted per year.

Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) – Career Development KL2 for Junior Faculty

Description: Supports the research training and career development of investigators by allowing them to conduct interdisciplinary research with scientists from diverse disciplines for a maximum of two years. All research proposed for this program must involve either clinical or translational research defined as research with human subjects or populations or with direct application to human health. At the end of this two year KL2 appointment, the scholar is expected to have received an independent career development award, such as a K award from NIH or independent funding such as a R01.
Deadline: TBD
Amount: Up to 75% of the scholar's salary annually (not to exceed a cap of $75,000 plus OPE) for two years. The award includes up to $25,000 per year for research activities and travel.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a current or pending faculty appointment as assistant professor (or equivalent level) and have had no prior funding as PI on an NIH research grant. Additional information about eligibility is available online.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Substance Abuse

Description: Applications are now being considered for postdoctoral research positions funded by institutional training grants awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute (NIDA) to the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at the OHSU. A diverse research group of faculty at OHSU, the Vollum Institute, the Portland VA Medical Center, and the Oregon National Primate Center offers training in the study of the basic biological processes involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Members of our training faculty study substance abuse at one or more of more levels of focus: behavioral pharmacology and pharmacogenetics, systems physiology/pharmacology, cognitive/clinical/human, and cell/molecular biology . Training faculty include: Drs. Charles Allen, John Belknap, Kari Buck, John Crabbe, Christopher Cunningham, David Farrens, Deborah Finn, Matthew Frerking, David Grandy, Kathleen Grant, Mary Heinricher, Robert Hitzemann, William Hoffman, Aaron Janowsky, Steven Johnson, Martin Kelly, Christopher Kroenke, Garet Lahvis, Matthew Lattal, Gregory Mark, Charles Meshul, Suzanne Mitchell, Bonnie Nagel, Kim Neve, Barry Oken, George Olsen, Tamara Phillips, Jacob Raber, Oline Rønnekleiv, David Rossi, Andrey Ryabinin, Alexander Stevens, John Williams, and Kristine Wiren. A background in a neuroscience area is preferred. For more information, please contact Kris Thomason at
Deadline: Applications accepted year round.
Amount: $43,692 - $57,504 depending on years of experience. Based on NIH NRSA postdoctoral stipend rates.
Eligibility: Individuals must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S, D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award. Noncitizen nationals are individuals, who, although not citizens of the United States, owe permanent allegiance to the United States. They generally are people born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).

Training in the Molecular Basis of Skin/Mucosa Pathobiology

Description: A postdoctoral training opportunity for academic and clinician scientists committed to innovative research on cancer and inflammation of skin, head & neck, and intestinal epithelia. At the cellular level, all these organs express characteristic intermediate filaments (keratins) specific to each site, and share basic rules of growth, differentiation, death signaling and transcriptional programming that are compromised in cancer.  Skin is the most accessible organ of the body, offering opportunities to follow pathological development from the earliest stages. Dermatology is by nature interdisciplinary, involving multiple cell types (epithelial, stromal, endothelial and immune cells) and multiple treatment approaches (medical, genetic, immunological and surgical). Mentors of this program offer core research resources and cross-disciplinary tools, including specialized cell culture of keratinocytes and dendritic cells; isolation, separation and molecular profiling of human mucosa/skin tissue; transgenic, knock-in and knock-out mice; and non-invasive real-time imaging of developing cancers and stromal changes.
Applications accepted year round.
Postdoctoral stipends are paid at standard NIH levels, predoctoral stipends at OHSU graduate research assistant levels.
Trainees supported by this training grant must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Predoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience of Aging

Description: Applications are now being considered for predoctoral research positions funded by an institutional training grant awarded by NIA to the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). A diverse research group of faculty at OHSU School of Medicine, Neurological Sciences Institute, Biomedical Engineering and the Oregon National Primate Research Center offers training in aging and dementia, cardiovascular risk and stroke, cognition, neuroendocrine and circadian rhythm disorders, aging and movement disorders, and sensory function in aging.
: Applications accepted year round.
: $21,180 for stipend. $16,000 for tuition & fees (not including health insurance). Up to $4,200 for student health insurance premiums.
: Currently enrolled OHSU graduate student. Must have received a baccalaureate degree and must be enrolled in and training at the postbaccalaureate level in a program leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy or Science (Ph.D. or Sc.D.) or a combined clinical degree and Ph.D. degree such as M.D./Ph.D. The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award. Noncitizen nationals are individuals, who, although not citizens of the U.S., owe permanent allegiance to the U.S. They generally are people born in outlying possessions of the U.S. (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).

Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program for Emergency Medicine Clinical Research

Description: Supports the research training and career development of faculty researchers by providing 75% protected time, didactic training in research methods, and intensive mentorship for up to three years. Although scholars' research must focus on Emergency Medical Care, scholars may come from a variety of clinical backgrounds, including Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Hematology, Trauma Surgery, and Pediatrics, as well as Nursing and Pharmacy. By the completion of the program, scholars will have designed and conducted one or more translational research study, submitted results for publication, and written one or more grant applications to fund the next stages in their careers as clinical researchers.
Deadline: Accepting applications for appointments. Inquiries are strongly encouraged.
Amount: Up to 75% of the scholar's salary annually (not to exceed a cap of $75,000 plus OPE) for three years. The award includes up to $25,000 per year for research activities and travel. Scholars will also have access to up to $55,000/year for tuition and research expenses.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a current or pending faculty appointment as Assistant Professor or higher and meet the NIH eligibility requirements for Institutional Research Training Grant scholars. Please contact Robert A. Lowe, MD, MPH at for further information.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Visual Science

Description: Applications are welcome from postdoctoral fellows and from predoctoral students currently enrolled in (or eventually accepted into) a Ph.D. program at OHSU (PMCB, NGP, or DMICE). This program is funded by an institutional training grant awarded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Participating faculty have a broad range of research interests, including basic, translational, clinical, and informatics-related vision science research. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential mentors to obtain more information regarding their research programs. Didactic components of training include coursework completed as part of the graduate program, supplemented by a semester of additional vision science training (also to be completed by postdoctoral trainees).
Deadline: Applications considered year-round.
Amount: Based on NIH NRSA pre-doctoral and post-doctoral stipend rates.
Eligibility: Trainees supported by this training grant must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants for predoctoral fellowships must be currently enrolled OHSU graduate students (or applicants). Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have received a doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Please contact Michael F. Chiang, M.D. ( and W. Rowland Taylor, PhD. ( for more information.