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Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research

The Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research offers both pre- and postdoctoral slots and builds on trans-departmental initiatives in mechanisms of arthritis, autoimmunity, inflammation, bone, and musculoskeletal diseases, and state of the art basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes research. We provide an interdisciplinary faculty with collaborative and synergistic scientific interests and projects, as well as systematic coordination of training opportunities.

Join our training program

  • Explore Your Potential Benefits

    Trainees receive:

    • NIH NRSA stipend

    • Support for tuition and travel

    • Individualized skills and knowledge development via didactic and hands-on trainings

    • Research apprenticeship with an experienced primary mentor who has an excellent training record and who commits to extended, close interaction with the scholar

    • Access to the large and diverse pool of experienced translational research experts

  • Check Your Eligibility

    Candidates must:

    • be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status

    • Pre-docs must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at UAB and will have completed the first two years (and most of their coursework) by the time of appointment

    • Post-docs must have earned a clinical or research doctorate, including PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DNS or equivalent doctoral degree and be able to be appointed as a post-doc at UAB

    • demonstrate a commitment to conducting rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases research

    • identify at least two established faculty members to serve as mentors

  • Begin the Application Process

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will submit:

    • Current CV (pre-docs will include GPA and relevant test scores)

    • Letter of recommendation from a potential mentor

    • One-page personal statement that addresses:

      • Research experience to date

      • Reason for interest in T32 research experience

      • Goals for research training and career development including degree attainment

      • Project plans for research years

      • How proposed project addresses one or more of the NIAMS priority areas. Guidance can be found on the application website listed below.

Participating Faculty Mentors

Our team at UAB is comprised of some of the nation's leading Rheumatology and Immunology investigators, dedicated to guiding pre- and postdoctoral fellows towards establishing independent careers in musculoskeletal research. View their biosketches below.

Research Opportunities

Our Division has one of the nation’s foremost research programs. Our faculty lead University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers, including the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Bone and Autoimmunity Center. We also perform clinical trials of investigative new drugs to ensure that our patients have access to the latest and most promising new therapeutics. Visit our division's research section to find exciting research opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral fellows

Core Facilities

We have dynamic core facilities, including a state-of-the-art flow cytometry and single-cell core, high-resolution imaging capabilities, as well as advanced genomics, metabolomics, and proteomics resources, all of which form the backbone of our cutting-edge Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases research program. These facilities are integral in enabling our interdisciplinary faculty to conduct innovative and collaborative research in mechanisms of arthritis, autoimmunity, inflammation, bone, and musculoskeletal diseases.