Overview: The National Institutes of Health Climate Change and Health Initiative is seeking to bring Climate and Health scientists from outside the U.S. federal government to work with NIH staff to share knowledge and help build our capacity in the scientific domains outlined in the NIH  Climate Change and Health Initiative’s Strategic Framework.

Program Details: Climate and Health (CH) Scholars will be hosted by an NIH home Institute, Center, or Office (ICO). During their time at NIH, the Scholar will be invited to collaborate with NIH staff on one or more of a diverse array of research, training, and policy activities that share their scientific knowledge with NIH laboratories, program offices, and the wider NIH community. There will be opportunities for individual or group research collaborations to develop between the Scholar and NIH scientists.

The 2022‐2023 Scholar position can be virtual, on‐site, or a hybrid placement. Preference will be agreed upon with the host NIH ICO. The program is flexible to accommodate fellows’ preferred schedule of work at NIH. Scholars will be expected to serve 3‐12 months, and hours/schedule will be discussed during the interview process.

Possible NIH Hosts: Multiple intramural laboratory and extramural program research groups have expressed interest in hosting a CH Scholar. Opportunities may exist as well to work with an ICO Office of the Director or Policy Office. Each Scholar will have a home ICO and possible collaborator and should plan to have active engagements with multiple ICOs. A list of possible opportunities at ‘home’ ICOs is below. This list does not delineate the full spectrum of possible ICO engagements, and if you do not see an area of interest listed, please reach out to the Scholars email account (CHScholars@nih.gov) for more information.

Eligibility: U.S. or international scientists from the academic or private sectors. Candidates (Ph.D. or M.D.) can be early career to senior scientists and should have a strong publication record in climate science or climate and health sciences: including basic, clinical, translational, population,
social/behavioral, and/or implementation sciences. Candidates need not have an NIH funding record.

Application Information: To apply, please email a CV, cover letter, and two references to CHScholars@nih.gov. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out via the CH scholars email address to discuss areas of interest with program staff in advance of submitting a formal

Within the cover letter please provide:

  • a vision statement describing your research focus, and what you would like to accomplish during
    your time at NIH
  • which host office/laboratory/collaborator(s) you hope to work with, if known
  • a proposed work schedule (timeline/hours),
  • physical location preference (i.e., virtual, on‐campus, mixed, etc.)
  • Financial and research resources you would need to have a successful experience.

Applications are requested by September 15th. Additional rounds of review for applicants interested in later start dates may take place in October and November depending on the number of initial applications.

Compensation and Benefits: A stipend may be available on a case‐by‐case basis. Travel and living expenses for on‐site engagement can be made available.

Program Contacts: Please contact CHScholars@nih.gov for more information.

National Institutes of Health • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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