School of Dentistry

Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program


Prospective Fellows

Prospective Fellows

The MinnCResT Program provides fellowships for highly qualified post-doctorates, PhD students, and DDS/PhD students. Fellowships and training are also available post-DDS PhD trainees, and international dentists pursuing a PhD or postdoctoral training. Fellowships for PhD students are extremely limited. Interested graduate students should contact the Director or Assistant Director prior to applying.

The MinnCResT Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that requires all predoctoral and DDS/PhD trainees to be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Applicants for these MinnCResT fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents at the time of application.  A special fellowship is available for non-citizens who are dentists.  See below for more information.

Information for prospective MinnCResT fellows
  • Financial Support

    All fellows receive a stipend plus financial support covering the cost of tuition and course fees, health insurance, and research-related expenses and travel. Support is available for 6 years for DDS/PhD trainees. Postdoctoral trainees receive support for up to 3 years and predoctoral trainees may be supported for 5 years.

  • Training requirements

    The MinnCResT Program’s mission is to train the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, dental, and oral health research. All trainees, regardless of research focus, are required to pursue coursework and professional development activities that meet the program's mission. Trainees are expected to:

    • Attend courses and seminars to be knowledgeable about the scope and state-of-the-art in craniofacial, dental, and oral health research;
    • Attend weekly research seminars in their major fields;
    • Attend and participate in the monthly MinnCResT seminar program, which is followed by a catered dinner with the speaker and a roundtable discussion;
    • Attend MinnCResT symposia held in the Spring and Fall;
    • Train in the responsible conduct of research; and
    • Apply for individual fellowships or grants from NIH or similar organizations.

    PhD students and postdoctoral fellows are minimally required to audit at least 6 credits in Oral Biology (or equivalent).

    Postdoctoral fellows must enroll for 6 graduate credits in the University of Minnesota's Preparing Future Faculty course sequence.

    Fellows and their mentors submit annual progress reports and receive regular feedback from the directors and Steering Committee. This process ensures academic and research training excellence and integration with the mission of the MinnCResT program.

  • Types of fellowships
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