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Supporting the career development of junior scholars embarking on research careers focused on Native children’s development, particularly as it relates to emergent substance use, is central to NCRE’s mission.  The NCRE Scholars Program (NIDA HHSN271201200692P; PIs: Whitesell and Sarche) provides mentoring and training opportunities to postdoctoral and graduate student scholars, to help them launch independent programs of research. 
The NCRE Scholars program is open to individuals from disciplines across the social, behavioral, and health sciences.  In cohorts 1 and 2, postdoctoral Scholars were supported; Cohort 3 will be dedicated to graduate student support.  Eligible applicants must document a commitment to developing a career in substance use research with tribal communities, particularly from a developmental perspective (birth through emerging adulthood).  American Indian and Alaska Native individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
NCRE Scholars are assigned a program mentor as well as a substantive mentor (a senior researcher whose work aligns with the interests/goals of the scholar).  Scholars meet regularly with both their program and substantive mentors.
Mentorship and Career Development Activities
NCRE Scholars participate in common activities required of all scholars, and in selected activities tailored to the individual needs of each scholar. 
Common activities for Cohort 3 (graduate students)
  1. Monthly group phone meetings with fellow scholars and NCRE program mentors;
  2. Monthly one-on-one phone meetings with program mentor (either Dr. Sarche or Dr. Whitesell) and substantive mentor
  3. Secondary analysis of existing data
  4. NCRE annual meeting and NCRE Scholars preconference attendance and active participation (e.g. presenting a paper or poster and/or moderating a conference session and networking with other NCRE Scholars and conference participants)


Tailored activities for Cohort 3 (graduate students, 2-3 will be selected)
  1. Present research at a relevant national conference
  2. Attend a national training workshop related to identified career development goals
  3. Travel to substantive research mentor's lab or institution, and/or to an tribal community in which the mentor works
  4. Support for dissertation research
Funding is provided for Scholar travel to the NCRE conference, and to support selected activities within each Scholar’s tailored mentorship plan.  Each Scholar is required to submit a proposal and budget for career development activities, in consultation with program and substantive mentors.
Application Process
Application Deadline: Completed application form, curriculum vitae, and personal statement must be submitted by Tuesday July 1, 2014, at 5 pm MT to If the form opens in your browser and is unable to be filled in, please use the yellow bar at the top of your page to open the form in Adobe.
Please click here to access the application form: NCRE Scholars Cohort 3 Scholar Application.pdfNCRE Scholars Cohort 3 Scholar Application.pdf
Selection Decisions: Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by July 15, 2014.
Please contact Drs. Nancy Whitesell ( or Michelle Sarche ( for more information. 

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Street Address: 13055 E. 17th Ave. • Mailing Address: Mail Stop F800, Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, 13055 E. 17th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045

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