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Another successful Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting

Thank you to all NICHD fellows for making the Eleventh Annual Meeting of Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows, and Graduate Students a success. Check back for the three most common questions and answers from each of the meeting’s Career Round Table discussions in the upcoming June issue. We will also publish a full recap of the retreat’s keynote and fellow presentations in July. Stay tuned!

Fellows at a poster session

Dr. Alan Hinnebusch elected into the National Academy of Sciences

Please join The NICHD Connection in congratulating Dr. Hinnebusch on this significant achievement. Dr. Hinnebusch heads the Section on Nutrient Control of Gene Expression, where his lab studies “the regulation of amino acid and vitamin biosynthetic genes in budding yeast as a means of dissecting mechanisms of translational and transcriptional control of gene expression.” To learn more about his work, please visit his lab website at

Photo of a white sheet cake with a scientific figure recreated in icing, with the words 'Alan, Congratulations on Your Election to the National Academy of Sciences'
Photo of Dr. Hinnebusch cutting his cake while colleagues look on

SAVE THE DATE! Summer Grant Writing Workshop

“Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals”
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
July 14, 2015

This workshop will address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal writing process. Attendees will receive the “Grant Writer’s Workbook” – an invaluable, up-to-date reference tool for those who intend to write NIH grant proposals. It includes various topics, from how to prepare a compelling Specific Aims page to insights into which review criteria are most important.

If you would like to register, please email Yvette Pittman at

There are only 25 slots for NICHD fellows.

The NIH Bioethics Interest Group Requests Your Input

The Bioethics Interest Group has been meeting since 1997 and has discussed a wide range of topics. We have talked about ethical issues in research and emerging areas of science. We typically have a speaker, but leave plenty of time for discussion. Our participants come from a variety of NIH Institutes and from outside NIH. Some are interested in specific areas, e.g., neuroscience, international research or public health emergencies, and others in bioethics generally. Some attend all or most meetings; some come only when they are interested in the particular topic. 

The group is starting to plan for next fall and is seeking input from the NIH community. We want to know:

  1. Are you interested in participating in the group? 
  2. What specific topics or general areas would you like the group to discuss next year?

Please respond to Miriam Kelty, at We hope to hear from you.

Fellowship Opportunity for Korean Postdoctoral Researchers

Under a bilateral partnership between NIH and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship call for applications is now opened. This is the third year of the Fellowship. 

The Korean Visiting Scientist Training Award (KVSTA) Fellowship provides a two-year stipend to Korean postdoctoral researchers who currently are undertaking or will undertake postdoctoral research at an NIH intramural lab. Research training fields include all fields related to biomedical and behavioral research at NIH. Applicants must meet all the following criteria: 

  1. Be a Korean citizen or permanent resident of Korea
  2. Received at least one degree at a Korea University 
  3. Obtained a doctoral degree, equivalent to a Ph.D., within the previous five years as of December 1, 2015 
  4. Meet the eligibility requirements for NIH's Intramural Visiting Fellow Program* 

Applications are submitted directly to KHIDI and reviewed by a scientific panel composed of senior Korean scientists.  Up to eight (8) Fellowships, but possibly fewer depending on application quality and funding availability, will be awarded by KHIDI.  As part of the application package, the applicant must submit a recommendation letter from the applicant's sponsoring NIH lab host/mentor**. Application deadline is JUNE 17, 2015.

*KVSTA Fellows are to be designated as Supplemental VF and adhere to its requirements.  NIH policies on postdoctoral fellowship duration and notification of termination must be followed. Applicants must also be eligible to enter the United States under the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa classification.  Information about United States entry requirements will be provided to those applicants selected for the Fellowship.

**NIH host/mentor must be an intramural NIH PI whose appointment was approved by the Deputy Director for Intramural Research.

For further information about the 2015 KVSTA Fellowship, please visit:

Direct Inquiries to:

Tina Chung, MPH, Program Officer
Fogarty International Center
Phone: (301) 496-4784

New Biosketch Requirements for NIH grants

A new, modified biosketch format is required for all NIH grant applications due on or after May 25, 2015. To learn more about this requirement, consider listening to the NIH Biosketch and SciENcv (the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae tool) informational podcasts, available in mp3 or transcript format.