The Substance Abuse Research Center is comprised of over 115 individuals from 21 departments at the University of Michigan who have significant interest in the study of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs of abuse. The Center exists to stimulate the study of psychoactive substance abuse of all kinds and to extend knowledge regarding substance abuse prevention. The purpose of the training grant is to prepare researchers and scholars to expand their work beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries in preparation for work in the field of substance abuse research.

Program components include: the primary mentor who is a NIDA Core Faculty member; an interdisciplinary proseminar; course work; training in ethical conduct of research and research communication; and a dissertation for pre-doctoral fellows, or independent research for post-doctoral fellows. The pool of potential faculty mentors is comprised of established investigators working on projects involving behavioral, biological, psychosocial, or public health aspects of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs of abuse. Research interests range from cellular investigations to policy development and evaluation. (Fellowships are for two years contingent on satisfactory completion of the first year).

Pre-doctoral applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, have the promise of academic excellence, significant interest in research related to alcohol, nicotine, and/or other drugs of abuse, and have successfully completed their preliminary exams in a doctoral program at the University of Michigan (by July 2012). The 12-month NIH stipend is $21,600. Some funding for health insurance and other expenses are also available.

Post-doctoral applicants must have earned a doctorate within the past eight years in an appropriate field such as: M.D., Ph.D., J.D., D.O., Psy.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., D.N.S., or D.S.W. and have demonstrated research productivity and academic excellence as well as an interest in research related to alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs of abuse. The 12-month stipend is $38,496-$53,112 depending on the number of years of post-doctoral experience. Health insurance including dental is provided. Funding for travel is also available.

For further information, please contact the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, 1415 Washington Heights, 3700 School of Public Health I, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, telephone (734) 763-1989 and fax (734) 615-2931; E-mail: If interested, please send an email to Dr. Margaret Gnegy (

The University of Michigan is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants from both Social and Basic Sciences are also encouraged.