Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Request for Applications


The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is seeking applications for postdoctoral research fellowships to conduct basic research into the causes and mechanisms of dystonia.

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by muscle contractions causing abnormal movements and postures. Despite substantial progress made in understanding various aspects of dystonia, there has been limited success in both understanding the causes and basic mechanisms of dystonia. To accelerate development of novel approaches and transformative research, the DMRF intends to support postdoctoral fellows who will undertake studies to fundamentally change our understanding of brain dysfunction and molecular mechanisms underlying dystonia.

A two-year fellowship is designed to assist post-doctoral scientists establish careers in basic research focusing on dystonia.

Conditions of Award
Only individually prepared research proposals that address basic research aspects of dystonia at any level of analysis will be considered. Clinical research is NOT eligible. Individuals with appropriate scientific credentials employed by a non-profit or for-profit, domestic or foreign institution as postdoctoral fellows, or equivalent, are eligible to apply.

The awards will provide support up to two (2) years with a budget not exceeding $50,000/year. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to dystonia research and potential to obtain a major grant to support their research project after it is completed. A letter of intent is required and should be submitted electronically to DMRF by end of day on September 8, 2017. Letters should be no more than one (1) page and include a descriptive title and summary of proposed research. If invited to submit a full proposal, applications will be due October 12, 2017.

If desired, DMRF will facilitate mentoring for applicants that may include professional advice provided by established dystonia investigators as well as fellowship application writing/preparation help.

Address for Inquiries and Submissions
Jody Roosevelt at or 312-447-5150

DMRF’s commitment to support the award is conditional on the availability of funds.

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