AWHRS Program

The Aging Women’s Health Research Scholar is funded through the Mature Women’s Health initiative as a result of a $1.025 million donation to the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health in 2010. This scholar training award was created to help researchers conduct projects, consolidate research findings and/or, redirect existing scholarly work into the field of mature women’s health. Scholars research should be focused on the improvement of the health and wellbeing of women with a priority given to research focused on aging or menopausal women.

The aim of this training award is to place junior investigators on the path to advancing mature women’s health research and be competitive for NIH independent K- or R- awards. Success of the program is judged by the number of trainees who go on to secure independent NIH K-awards and NIH R21 grants in the short term, and NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term women’s health or sex differences research related to the mature women demographic.

Award Information

  • $35,000 in research and career development support per year
  • Appointment is for two years contingent on satisfactory performance
  • One scholar at a time, depending on available funding
  • Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 6 years; Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree)


Application Form


The Scholar position is a junior faculty appointment, not a fellowship. At the time of the appointment, candidates for support as PCWH Scholars must:

  • Have a clinical doctorate or Ph.D. degree or its equivalent;
  • Have completed any postgraduate training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field (including clinical or postdoctoral fellowship training, or residency if they have chosen not to subspecialize);
  • Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree  However, in order to accommodate the needs of those interested in participating in this program that may have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service, etc., there is no limit on time elapsed since completion of training;
  • Identify mentors with extensive research experience;
  • Be able to spend at least 9 person months (or at least 6 person months for surgical-specialties) of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development activities;
  • Not be or have been a PD/PI on an R01, R29 or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, independent mentored career development (K-series) grants, or other equivalent research grant awards; except for R03 and R21;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.


  1. Interprofessional mentoring team of at least 3 including:
    • Primary mentor (must be at the University of Minnesota)
    • Secondary mentors, at least two
    • At least one mentor must have statistical and methodological expertise.
  2. Submit six-month reports and annual progress report at year one and a final progress report at  year two upon completion of the program. Participate in annual review with mentors and WHRP/BIRCWH leadership team. Continued availability of awarded funds will be contingent on the annual progress report and review.
  3. Participate in all required program activities including, but not limited to, required weekly seminars, mentoring workshop, grant writing program, WHRP journal club, UMN/Mayo Clinic BIRCWH Leadership workshops, the Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, courses, seminars, annual reports, etc.