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Professional Development Program

About the Program

The HEALTH Center for Addictions and Cancer Prevention offers a Professional Development Program (PDP), providing career enhancement opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows and New Investigators pursuing careers in health-equity science at the University of Houston.  


The PDP focuses on training scientists currently underrepresented in the health sciences (e.g., certain racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, or disadvantaged backgrounds). Our program offers career advancement opportunities, networking, and skill-building to facilitate professional goals and an accelerated pathway towards research independence. Through a data-driven group mentorship format, the PDP also supports diversification of the scientific workforce and innovative health-equity research efforts in addictions and cancer prevention. 

Eligibility Requirements


Postdoctoral fellows or New Investigators (Assistant/Associate Professors) employed at the University of Houston.    

Professional Development Program Timeline:

Applications Open: August 8, 2023

Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

Final Candidate Selections: September 10, 2023

Program Start Date: September 14, 2023

Program Location: Programming will be virtual via Zoom.

Dates: Monthly programming runs from September 12, 2023, through May 08, 2024.

Application Components

Eligible applicants are required to submit an application package that includes:

  1. Research interests [2-3 sentences];

  2. Short-term research goals [300 words];

  3. Long-term research goals [300 words];

  4. Fit with the goals and vision of the RCMI [1pg max];

  5. Career development plan [1pg max];

  6. An NIH biosketch; and

  7. A completed demographic information form (complete form here)


Postdoctoral applicants: a letter of recommendation from your mentor expressing support for participation is required to be submitted with your application.

Format Requirements: 

Margins: 0.5 or 1 inch

Format: Single-Spaced

Standard Paper Size: 8.5 x 11

Font Color: Black

Font Size: 11 or 12-point font

Font Type: Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, or Palatino Linotype

The top right corner of each page of the supporting documents must include RCMI PDP and applicant name (e.g., “RCMI PDP_ Jane Doe”). 

Please submit the application package as one PDF file via email ( by

September 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. CST. An incomplete application will not be reviewed.  

All questions regarding the PDP may be directed to Dr. Ezemenari Obasi (Primary Investigator, RCMI), and/or HEALTH-RCMI Staff.


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