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Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the questions frequently asked about the BIRCWH Scholars Program are addressed below.

If you have questions that are not covered here, please contact the BIRCWH Program Coordinator at ad-admin@northwestern.edu or (312) 503-2902.

Question Answer
   
Do you support a H1-B Visa? No. In order to apply, the applicant must be a current U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or have permanent residence status and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card or verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student isas, or with pending applications are not eligible.
   
What if my permanent residency status is pending? Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent residence status and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card or verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen AT THE TIME THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED.
   
What is NIH Policy Concerning Concurrent Support from Mentored Career Development (K) Award and a Research Grant? For the full details see NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-08-065.

Key points are as follows:

1) The K award must be active when the competing research grant application is submitted.

2) The K award must be in its final two years before the reduction in effort to 6 person-months (50% full-time professional effort)is permitted.
   
Are men eligible for this program? Yes, men and women may both apply. The restriction is on the nature of the research, not the gender of the applicant.
Is there a time limit for the number of years of postdoctoral training one can have before applying for this program? Yes. At the time of their application, scholars cannot have more than six years of research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree, EXCLUSIVE of time taken off due to family responsibilities, uniformed service or certain other issues.
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