Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program’s Research Fellowship Program (RFP) – Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program’s Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is offering postdoctoral fellowship positions in Childhood Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR T32) sponsored by a NICHD-funded T32 Research Training grant. This Research Fellowship Program (RFP) postdoctoral fellowship is in Providence, Rhode Island with start dates between May and September 2024. 

Applications received by December 4th will be given priority, however applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

The STAR T32 research training program is an intensive fellowship designed to prepare PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows to conduct cutting-edge, translational, developmentally informed research on childhood stress, trauma and resilience. The STAR T32 program takes a broad approach to stress, adversity, and trauma experienced by children and families and their impact on health outcomes across development, including research on adults with a history of early and later stress/trauma. Fellows emerge as innovative and productive independent investigators through intensive mentorship, foundational didactics, and formulation of an independent STAR research project and grant proposal. Fellows also benefit from activities and career development opportunities offered through the newly funded Stress Trauma and Resilience COBRE – (, which provides infrastructure to catalyze the development of early career faculty and includes a Technology, Assessment, Data, and Analysis Core and a Community Collaborative Core.   

The program embraces an apprenticeship model where fellows work closely with one of a broad base of exceptional faculty mentors conducting innovative, NIH-funded, translational research in STAR-related areas often involving diverse, underserved and disadvantaged populations. Fellows may also receive additional mentorship from a secondary mentor depending on the trainee’s interests and training needs. Foundational didactics include training in research design, grant writing, professional development, and ethical issues in research. Ongoing funded projects take a comprehensive and in-depth approach to the full range of exposures and traumas, which include pre- and post-natal exposure to stress, trauma, and substance use, domestic violence and parenting influences, childhood maltreatment, parental loss, trauma presenting to the emergency department, gun violence, neighborhood violence, peer interactions, as well as poverty and other contextual risk and resilience factors occurring throughout development and into adulthood. Research topics also include a focus on the biological (genomic, epigenomic, metabolic, hormonal, inflammatory mechanisms), social (including virtual and online interactions), and behavioral pathways and mechanisms of risk and resilience for health disparities and consequences of adversity; health behaviors and outcomes including birth outcomes, as well as later behavioral, psychiatric, and other medical conditions; and interventions and community partnerships that are evidence-based and provide services and treatments to those children and families most at risk.

The STAR T32 community is highly collaborative, dedicated to diversity and equity in all forms, and to creating an inclusive environment where the contributions of all are recognized and valued. We seek candidates who share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their work/research and/or lived experience. Candidates from historically under- represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

For further application details, please visit the Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicants page and the link specific for Research Fellowship Program (RFP) Applicants and NIH-funded T32 Fellowships on our website.

To learn more about the STAR Initiative, please visit: About the STAR Initiative | STAR Initiative | Brown University

For frequently asked questions, check out our website at: STAR T32 Training Program FAQs | STAR Initiative | Brown University.

For questions, please email