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NextGen Training Program

NextGen Training Program General Admissions Requirements

The NextGen Training Program is a NIH/NIDCR supported institutional training grant. In order to be considered for a training slot in the NextGen Program you must follow a two step admissions process.

First, identify a program that is appropriate and relevant to your training and research interests. Links are provided so that you can obtain specific information about admissions requirements, application processes, and objectives of these programs.

The following are eligible degree granting programs: three Ph.D. curricula (Oral Biology, Oral Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Management); and a degree granting Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). Also available is a non-degree granting program, Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum (TCRC).

Once you have been admitted to a program listed above inform the Program's Director that you wish to be considered for a NextGen Training slot. He/she will assist you.

If you are a dentist scientist (DDS/PhD) or a non-clinician PhD and interested in traditional postdoctoral research training, please contact the Post-Doctoral Program Director for more information.


Application Deadline and Materials

Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, gender, national origin or religion. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encourages minority students to apply.

Applications must be made by January 1 for entry into the program in the upcoming Fall semester (e.g., the application deadline is January 1, 2012 for entry into the program in Fall 2012). Applicants sending their materials after the January 1 deadline may have limited opportunities for admission.

Applicants who plan to enroll in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) or Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum (TCRC) in conjunction with a clinical dental specialty program must apply to both the specialty program and to the Department of Epidemiology for the MSCR or the NC TraCS Institute.

After an applicant is admitted to the MSCR or TCRC and to their specialty program (if applicable), the NextGen Admissions Committee will consider the eligible applications for admission to the NextGen Training Program and the accompanying traineeship funding.

Evaluation of Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows supported by the NextGen Program will be evaluated at the end of the first year prior to reappointment. Each trainee is required to submit a progress report at the end of each academic year (in the spring) to the mentoring committee. This report describes his/her recent research achievements as well as goals for the following year. If research goals are not met, he/she explains why and formulates a specific plan for achieving those goals or changing them to account for unexpected problems or issues. The progress report also describes any other related training activities that occurred that year. For example, each trainee 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. is also discussed. The preceptors for all trainees are also expected to submit a short progress report to inform the PAC of (1) whether the trainee is making satisfactory progress in his/her research project and, (2) how they, as mentors, have supported their trainees' scientific and career development. The PAC will evaluate the status of all the postdoctoral fellows and will make a formal recommendation as to whether each trainee will remain in the program. They will also address any issues or problems that have arisen. A short written report of the meeting is forwarded to the Program Director and EAC.

Assignment of Mentors and Mentorship

If fellows arrive without mentor agreements, they immediately will have interdisciplinary team of temporary advisors. These individuals will meet with the student, discuss research interests, possible research projects and then recommend the appropriate mentors for that fellow.