About Our Training Program
The predoctoral program is a two-year training program. For most trainees, funding for the first year stipend will come from external sources that support their engagement in research (e.g., mentors’ grants, university fellowships) and funds for a travel or research allowance will come from the CCHD. In the second year, a stipend and additional travel or research funding will be provided by the training grant. However, to allow flexibility in funding decisions, trainees may also compete for a limited number of two-year fellowships fully supported by the training grant. These fully-funded two-year fellowships are designed to facilitate continued diversity of candidates, mentors, institutions, and disciplines and recognize funding discrepancies that can make it difficult for mentors from some disciplines and participating institutions to secure the first year of research funding for their trainees. These fully-funded two-year positions also allow program flexibility that we can leverage to support the ethnic, disciplinary and institutional diversity of our training classes and to permit trainees to work with junior mentors (who may not yet have established grants) as members of their training teams.
In Year 1 of the predoctoral program, trainees will receive training in Developmental Science through the CCHD program and have the opportunity to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP), participate in the CCHD consortium and class (1 semester), and prepare and submit a focused research paper (not the dissertation, comps or MA) that will involve collaboration with two CCHD mentors. All trainees in the first year will have access to CCHD and FPG resources to support their work and receive a modest travel and research award.
In Year 2 of the program, the predoctoral trainees will carry out their dissertation work, continue participation in the CCHD consortium series, and become involved in our professional development training series as they prepare for postdoctoral training or the job market. In addition, trainees in both years are invited to participate in CCHD training opportunities in targeted methodologies and topics as relevant to their IDP. Given acceptable progress in the first year, all second-year predoctoral trainees will also receive an NRSA stipend as they expand their work and training in Developmental Science (in addition to a travel and research stipend).