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Training for Every Stage in Research Careers

IHRP provides access to research excellence and opportunity to UIC researchers in the social and health sciences.

Wherever researchers are in their careers, they can count on the Institute for Health Research and Policy to give them the mentoring, training, resources and collegiality they need.

We train graduate students in practical research skills, guide doctoral candidates in obtaining dissertation grants, mentor postdocs in securing their first grants, and support early researchers throughout the pursuit and conduct of career development grants.

Established Researchers

As researchers advance their lines of inquiry and steadily increase their funding, the Institute is the right place to administer their grant portfolios. Large, complex grants are among the Institute’s strengths.

New Researchers

With IHRP support, new faculty and postdocs design new research studies and apply for grants for exploratory studies, small research projects, or career development plans. We guide them through their funded projects, and when they are ready, we help them succeed in obtaining their first federal funding awards as independent researchers.

Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows

The Institute has hosted federally funded fellowship programs, such as the Cancer Education and Career Development Program, since early in the 1990s. Investigators with large awards often employ postdoctoral associates to serve in substantial project roles funded.

Graduate Students

Each year 60 to 70 UIC graduate students get hands-on research experience at IHRP. In addition to gaining this experience, these research assistants often find strong mentors in the researchers who have hired them. With this guidance, the students develop master's degree theses and capstone projects, apply for dissertation funding, and build doctoral committees.