DREAM Program for Health Equity Research and Underrepresented Minorities Accepting Applications

Several DREAM Scholars and directors of the DREAM Scholars Program. Photo taking before COVID-19 protocols.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2020) — Applications are now being accepted for the UK DREAM (Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities) Scholars Program, which supports the career development of exceptional under-represented minority pre-docs, post-docs, and assistant professors who are committed to health equity research.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2021. Five DREAM Scholars will be selected from a competitive application process. Predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees and assistant professors in good standing are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who are racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities in research.

"The DREAM Scholar program supports the preparation of the next generation of health equity researchers to address the health outcomes of the diverse population of Kentucky and beyond,” said Lovoria Williams, Ph.D., director of the DREAM Scholars Program and associate professor and endowed research professor in cancer health equity in the UK College of Nursing.

Participants in the two-year DREAM Program receive a strong foundation in career development and human subjects research, with an emphasis on health equity research methods like community-based participatory research and dissemination and implementation. Each participant works with a mentor to create an Individual Development Plan, and the community of other scholars provides exposure to multidisciplinary research and clinical and translational science. Up to $5,000 in pilot funding ($2,500 yearly) and up to $3,000 ($1,500 yearly) of travel funds are provided. 

The full RFA is available here.

The DREAM Scholars Program is a collaboration of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UK College of Nursing, and Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET).

You can see past and current DREAM Scholars here.