Summer Research Fellowship
Applications are now closed.
Applicants will be notified of decisions in early June
This is a paid opportunity to work alongside AIDPH in our education, science, research, and advocacy programming. New graduates, advanced education students, and incoming/outgoing DPH residents are encouraged to apply!
Each year, this 10-week program focuses on advocacy and research for special populations including veteran oral health, oral health for LGBTQIA+ people, and oral health in rural communities. The 2023 cohort of fellows will contribute to a special research project for veteran oral health in Iowa, supported by the Delta Dental Foundation of Iowa. Participants will have the opportunity to match areas of interest and research strengths to specific elements within the scope of this research project.
Fellows will spend approximately five-to-seven hours per week in the program, including weekly virtual meetings, and will be selected on a competitive basis. AIDPH plans to start this program in June 2023.
It is AIDPH’s goal to create an experience that provides tangible benefits to both participants and their organizations. The organization designs dental public health workforce educational experiences with a long view — knowing that investing in building capacity of professionals and students will create an action infrastructure. By participating in this program, fellows will:
- Develop and grow research analysis skills
- Gain understanding of oral health disparities for veterans and rural populations
- Become part of a cohort with ample networking opportunities, designed to support professional connections into the future.
- Participate in mentoring sessions with leaders in research, dental public health and advocacy
Previous program participants have used this experience to develop poster presentations for conferences, develop peer-reviewed publications, design research briefs, or extend their project for dental public health residency requirements.
Currently, this experience remains virtual but still highly interactive. Students can expect the following activities during the AIDPH internship.
Students meet one-on-one with established oral health leaders across the nation, including the AIDPH board of directors.
We develop the summer experience based on your interests and career goals. We leverage parternships with national collaborations to design unique experiences.
Students support the cultivation of our Dental Public Health Virtual Resource Center as they look for independent projects to develop as a scientific poster during the internship.
We teach you the ins-and-outs of running a national nonprofit while you support the programming of AIDPH.
We help you develop your curriculum vitae and consider next steps to build experiences along your career trajectory.
Grant writing is an integral part of funding oral health programs. You'll be guided through grant development as you complete an application throughout the summer.