School of Dentistry

Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program


Postdoctoral Fellowships for internationally-trained dentists

Postdoctoral Fellowships for international dentists

The MinnCResT Program is one of the first U.S. programs to be able to offer fellowships for dentists who are not U.S. citizens and wish to pursue basic science research training through a PhD program or postdoctoral appointment.

These special postdoctoral fellowships are annually renewable for up to 3 years for applicants with the DDS or equivalent degree.

Postdoctoral dentist fellowships provide a stipend, course and registration fees, health insurance, and research-related supply and travel funds. Stipends are assigned based on years of experience as specified by the NIH and MinnCResT Program guidelines. Consistent with NIH guidelines, stipend levels are subject to change each year. The NIH Grants Policy Statement is the final authority on the terms and conditions of stipends.

No clinical training will be permitted during the tenure in the MinnCResT Program.


Postdoctoral Dentist Fellows wishing should pursue the PhD in Oral Biology, which requires an additional and separate application. The PhD in Oral Biology is primarily a research degree and the thesis research constitutes a major part of the student’s program. The program is designed to ensure that graduates will develop the capability to initiate independent research programs in important areas of oral biology. Most students execute projects that advance mechanistic understanding. Clinical studies, or studies involving adaptation of existing technologies to a dental problem, are not regarded as appropriate major projects in this program. All requirements of the PhD degree may be found here.

In exceptional circumstances, a post-DDS postdoctoral research fellow may be considered for support without entry into a degree program. These fellows must arrange a traditional postdoctoral research experience directly with their mentor of choice before applying for support.

All postdoctoral dentist fellows are encouraged to seek additional mentored postdoctoral research experience upon completion.


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. Postdoctoral dentist fellows are expected to:

  • Attend monthly MinnCResT seminars;
  • Annually submit updated CV with annual activity report, addressing progress towards these benchmarks;
  • Publish at least one first-authored paper and have one in press before degree completion;
  • Present research at a national/international professional meeting once a year;
  • Present research at an AADR or IADR meeting or NIDCR T32 fellows’ poster session at least once during fellowship;
  • Show timely progress toward completion of degree as determined by home department;
  • In the year preceding degree completion, apply and interview for postdoctoral position or other career-advancement;
  • Obtain postdoctoral position or other career-track advancement by the end of degree program.

Application instructions may be found here. Postdoctoral PhD fellowship applicants must identify a research interest and find a faculty mentor prior to applying for a MinnCResT Fellowship.

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