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NextGen Training Program

NextGen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for post-doctoral training for DDS/PhD (dentist scientists) or non-clinician PhD scientists

Overview of the Training Program and Environment

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill strives to enhance, support, and promote postdoctoral training and to provide a variety of opportunities and resources to help prepare postdoctoral scholars for successful careers. In recognition of the efforts of the UNC-CH Office of Postdoctoral Affairs ( and the University's support of the international postdoc population, UNC-CH was voted as the 2005 Best Place to Work for Postdocs among U.S. academic institutions, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey of postdoctoral scholars.

The purpose of the NextGen training program is to develop a cohort of successful, independent, basic, clinical and translational Oral Health Research Scholars who can function as interactive scientists to address the nation's healthcare needs in dental, oral and craniofacial research. As designed, our program embraces the full spectrum of basic, translational and clinical research including fundamental mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic intervention, clinical trials, oral epidemiology, health services research and health policy. Our goal is to create a new cadre of highly interactive scientists who can serve as research leaders in academic dentistry and research institutions. The NextGen program encompasses three Ph.D. degree granting curricula and training in Oral Biology; Health Policy and Management, or Oral Epidemiology; one M.S. degree granting curriculum and training for Dentists in Clinical Research; and a postdoctoral fellowship for individuals seeking advanced research opportunities in Oral Biology, Health Policy/Management, or Oral Epidemiology.

Postdoctoral trainees in the NextGen training program are required to conduct novel research relevant to oral, dental and craniofacial diseases.

Evaluation of Trainees in NextGen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellows supported by the NextGen Training Program will be evaluated at the end of the first year prior to reappointment. Each fellow is required to submit a progress report approximately 3 months prior to the anniversary of the appointment to his/her mentoring committee. This report will describe the fellow's initial research goals, research achievements during the period of appointment, and goals for the upcoming year if reappointed. If the initial research goals have not been met, then the fellow explains why and formulates a specific plan for achieving those goals or modifying them to account for unexpected problems or issues that emerged during the appointment period. The progress report should also describe any other related training activities completed by the postdoctoral fellow during the period of appointment. For example, each fellow reports how he/she participated in journal clubs, seminar series, and the annual symposium. Participation in other relevant activities, such as mentoring an undergraduate, writing/editing a manuscript, attending scientific meetings, etc. should also be discussed. The preceptors are required to submit a short progress report to inform the PAC of (1) whether the postdoctoral fellow is making satisfactory progress in his/her research project and, (2) how they, as mentors, have supported their fellows' scientific and career development. The PAC will evaluate the status of the postdoctoral fellow and will make a formal recommendation as to whether the fellow will be reappointed in the program. The PAC will also make recommendations regarding any issues or problems that have arisen during the fellow's year of appointment. The PAC will submit a short written report of the meeting to the Program Director and External Advisor Committee (EAC).

Applying for a NextGen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The preceptor will apply on behalf of the candidate. The following items are to be submitted to Dr. Eric T. Everett, Director of the Postdoctoral Training Program (address below):

  1. Letter of support and nomination from the preceptor.
  2. Fellowship candidate's curriculum vitae.
  3. Fellowship candidate's statement of research interests and career goals.
  4. The names and contact information of three scientists who are willing to serve as references on behalf of the fellowship candidate.
  5. The names of the faculty comprising the fellowship candidate's mentoring committee. To enhance the fellow's opportunities to network with faculty members outside of the preceptor's lab a mentoring committee will be formed for any postdoctoral fellow who is admitted to the NextGen Program. This mentoring committee is formed by the preceptor and the fellow, includes at least two other faculty, and meets on a yearly basis to monitor progress and give suggestions.
  6. If the candidate is already in the preceptor's lab, a copy of the appointment letter.
  7. Documentation of visa status for fellowship candidates who are not U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of application.

Upon submission of the requested items the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) will consider the candidate's application.

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Eric T. Everett

Dr. Eric T. Everett, Ph.D.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, Room 4510, CB# 7455
School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7455

Telephone: (919) 537-3182
Fax: (919) 966-3633