Program Application and Selection Information

Applications for the 2023-2025 cohort will open in Spring 2023. More information will be available here at that time.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the program include:

  • Commitment to and aptitude for an academic career
  • Prior academic success
  • A demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching and/or service
  • Identification of an appropriate mentor
  • Identification of an appropriate project

Particular attention will be given to enhancing the diversity of scholars.

Application Process

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must complete the following requirements:

  • Completed application form: Word format | PDF format
  • Letter from mentor stating support for the candidate, ensuring resources will be available to complete the project, and describing their track record of prior mentoring
  • Candidate's CV (in Vanderbilt format)
  • Career goals statement
  • 2-3 page description of project, to include budget
    • Budget information: Scholars receive $10,000 per fiscal year of their 2 years in the program. This amount does not roll over from one year to the next.
    • Examples of approved budget expenditures: Expenditures directly related to Dodd research project, additional software or educational needs, multi-institutional meetings/task forces

All application materials should be submitted to:

William Cooper, MD, MPH
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Director, Office of Faculty Development
Suite 301D Oxford House
1313 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37232-4313


Amy Nabours
Phone: (615) 322-2226