About the Program
Neurobehavioral recovery and intervention
The Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program provides individualized postdoctoral training and research activities addressing the following:
- Brain injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Brain tumors
In addition to graduate courses, seminars, grand rounds and conferences, fellows take core courses in the following areas:
- Research design
- Grant writing
Our rigorous program requires fellows to commit at least 12 months to the training, with the option of a one-year extension. All fellows must spend a minimum of 32 hours per week involved in research activities, with the option of completing the requirements for licensure in their field.
Fellows meet individually with mentors and participate in project-focused meetings with other fellows and their mentors. Discussion topics include the following:
- Individual research training plan development
- Review of progress
- Career planning
- Identifying resources
- Successful grant writing
- Manuscript preparation
Fellows complete graduate courses and attend grand rounds at VCU Medical Center, professional meetings and conferences.
The VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation offers tuition assistance and scholarships.
Fellows take leading roles in designing and implementing research projects. This involves preparing manuscripts for publication and presentation at scientific meetings.
The VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation supports independent research through a small grants program.
Fellows take on a secondary, supporting role with the design and implementation of research projects, which includes preparing manuscripts for publication and presentation at scientific meetings.
Fellows have the opportunity to plan independent research, seek out support funds and successfully complete and submit a grant application.
Stipends and Benefits
Fellows will receive a minimum annual stipend of $47,476; read more about postdoctoral salary guidelines here
Funds are budgeted to defray the costs of health insurance
Funds are budgeted to pay tuition costs for required classes
Funding will be available to support fellows’ attendance and scientific presentations at professional conferences
We are currently accepting applications for this program
Applicants, who must be U.S. citizens or hold legal admission as permanent residents and possess a clinical doctorate, M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent, should submit the following materials to Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Letter of interest, including career goals
- Curriculum vitae
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts – applicants must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent before starting the program
- Name, address, email and phone numbers for three references
We screen applicants on a rolling basis and invite those with the strongest evidence of personal achievement, scholarship, intellectual ability, professional integrity and potential for development as rehabilitation researchers to interview with members of the selection committee.
Thereafter, committee members will independently evaluate each candidate’s potential for becoming an independent researcher with the ARRT program.
We will invite select candidates to contact an approved VCU primary research mentor and together they will develop a research training plan relevant to rehabilitation research. We especially encourage interdisciplinary research.
The primary mentor will then provide the selection committee with verification of their willingness to accept the candidate as a research trainee, description of the proposed research training plan and assurance that necessary resources will be available to assist the candidate in executing the plan. We also invite fellows to identify and work with secondary mentors with special skills and interests matching those of the fellow.