NIDCD Research Training and Career Development Opportunities for Audiologists

Notice Number: NOT-DC-05-002 (See Replacement Notice NOT-DC-08-005)

Key Dates
Release Date: March 2, 2005

Issued by
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), (

Research on the measurement of hearing, the clinical assessment of hearing disorders and the nonmedical habilitation/rehabilitation of hearing are uniquely within the province of the discipline of audiology. The profession of audiology is undergoing a major transition with the introduction of the professional doctorate, the AuD degree, and the near demise of the research doctorate. However, a research culture is necessary in order for the field to continue to develop. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) strongly encourages doctoral-level audiologists who show promise as productive researchers to integrate clinical research and translational research into their career paths. The purpose of this Notice is to disseminate information on NIDCD research training and career development programs applicable to AuD-trained audiologists seeking to integrate a program of clinical research or translational research into their career trajectory.

Students pursuing research doctoral (PhD) training in hearing science, audiology or in a related scientific discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience) in tandem with their clinical AuD training are eligible to apply for the following individual fellowship program to support the dissertation phase of their research training:

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31):

AuD graduates seeking one to three years of postdoctoral research training under a mentor’s tutelage are encouraged to apply for the following fellowship program:

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32):

The following Notice provides supplemental information on the NIDCD fellowship programs:

NIDCD National Research Service Awards for Individual Fellows

Junior-level faculty members, or the equivalent in nonacademic research settings, seeking a sustained period of mentored research career development to foster their development into independent investigators in clinical research or in translational research are urged to consider applying for one of the following mentored career award (K-award) programs:

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23):

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08):

The NIDCD Small Grant Program is well-suited for supporting a small-scale research project conducted by a postdoctoral fellow transitioning to research independence or a recently independent faculty-level investigator who has not previously held a full-scale Federal research grant as principal investigator. The Small Grant can enable a promising clinician-scientist to acquire preliminary data or feasibility data to craft a successful mentored K-award or New Investigator R01 award application:

NIDCD Small Grant (R03) Program

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) were fashioned to provide an incentive for doctoral-level health professionals to integrate clinical research, pediatric research and other targeted research areas into their career trajectories by providing repayment of their educational loans. Eligible individuals must be engaged in clinical research or pediatric research, funded by governmental or nonprofit sources, for at least 50% effort during the two year period following the LRP award date. Consult the following website for further information:

Students enrolled in health professional programs and individuals at other career stages who come from groups underrepresented in science, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, who desire an intensive research experience under the tutelage of an NIDCD-funded investigator are encouraged to consider submitting an application for the following administrative supplement program:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (11/19/04)


Audiologists and audiology students interested in the programs described above are strongly encouraged to contact the following NIDCD program official:

Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
Division of Scientific Programs
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Phone: (301) 496-1804
FAX: (301) 402-6251

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