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Native Children’s Research Exchange                

Scholars Program

Cohort 5 – 2017

The Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) brings together researchers studying child development from birth through emerging adulthood in Native communities in the U.S. and Canada. We gather annually to share in an open exchange of information and ideas, build collaborative relationships, support new investigators, and disseminate knowledge about Native children’s development. 
Supporting the career development of junior faculty and graduate students interested in pursuing child development research careers with tribal communities, particularly those who are American Indian, Alaska Native, or First Nations tribal community members, is central to NCRE’s mission. With funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; HHSN271201500717P; PIs: Whitesell and Sarche), the NCRE Scholars Program provides career development support to early career investigators and graduate students. This program targets junior faculty and graduate students with a particular interest in the development of Native children and adolescents and the impact of substance abuse on development. Four cohorts of NCRE Scholars have been involved to date; this call for applications is for Cohort 5, to begin in September 2016, in conjunction with the NCRE 2016 conference.
A primary goal of the NCRE Scholars program is to support Scholars in building their research portfolios by producing a publishable paper.  In support of this goal, Scholars will:
  1. Be matched with Mentors to support data analysis and interpretation,
  2. Participate in bi-monthly writing seminars (via conference call),
  3. Participate in three writing retreats (in person) to support timely progression to publication (travel support provided),
  4. Develop plans for targeted support for analysis and paper development (e.g., statistical training, pilot data collection, or presentation at research conference; travel support provided), and
  5. Attend and present at the NCRE Conference in September, 2016 (travel support provided).
Cohort 5 of NCRE Scholars is open to individuals with doctoral degrees or graduate students who are pursuing careers in research related to substance use and American Indian and Alaska Native children’s development.  Successful applicants will provide a proposal for a specific paper to be prepared for publication with support from NCRE mentors.  Information on the source of data to be analyzed for the proposed paper should be provided.

Applications for Cohort 5 are closed. 

Please contact Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell ( or Michelle Sarche ( for more information.

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