Program Description

In achieving its goal of developing independent OB-GYN physician-researchers in basic, translational and/or clinical areas related to women’s reproductive health, the WRHR career development program will not only develop the next generation of clinician investigators, it also will ensure that our scholars are prepared to serve as future leaders and mentors in the field of women’s reproductive health research.

Our training format is a mentor-based experience. scholars are paired with successful investigators (clinical or basic research) for a minimum of two (and up to five) years. During this period, the scholar devotes 75% of his/her time to research. The research scope is open for the scholar and mentor to direct, and encompasses all areas of obstetrics and gynecology and its subspecialties. We anticipate that four scholars will be trained during the next five years. Each scholar/mentee will attend the NIH hosted annual WRHR Program conference meeting each year.

It is our expectation that this proposed training program will significantly and positively impact the field of women’s reproductive health research, by helping to build a national pool of well-trained physician-scientists, particularly those from underserved communities that are committed to improving the health care of all women. In addition, we expect that the research of each scholar will be funded extramurally by the time of graduation from this program. Our intent is to foster a spirit and culture of collaboration and cooperatively among our scholars, such that they have the greatest potential through their collective efforts, to make major contributions and improvements in the field of women’s reproductive health. To determine preliminary eligibility for the program, please review the eligibility requirements below:

Eligibility Requirements


  • A physician holding an MD, DO or MD/PhD with completed OB-GYN residency (if the candidate has chosen to subspecialize, be in the final research year of postdoctoral fellowship training in Obstetrics and Gynecology);
  • Be within nine years of their terminal degree;
  • Able to devote at least 9 person months (equivalent to 75 percent) of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development;
  • Not be or have been a PD/PI on an R01, R29, U01/U10, subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or individual mentored or non-mentored career development award (e.g., K01, K02, K08, K22, K23, K24, K25, K99). Individuals who are or were PIs on NIH Small Grants (i.e., R03s) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (i.e., R21s) may be eligible providing they meet the other eligibility requirements;
  • Individuals who are or were PD/PIs on NIH Small Grants (i.e., R03s) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (i.e., R21s) may be eligible providing they meet other eligibility requirements;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess a Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Individuals from under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


The following expenses will be covered by the program:

  • Salary & benefits: up to 75% of total annual salary + benefits
  • Research expenses & annual conference transportation: up to $25,000 annually for research expenses as well as costs incurred for scholars to attend the required annual WRHR program meeting. The meeting allows scholars to present their research to peers and senior investigators.