NIAAA T-32 Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship

The T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - T32 AA007477-29  

About the Program

Since 1990, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) T-32 Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship has allowed a steady stream of creative and productive junior researchers to receive specialized training with the U-M Addiction Center at the University of Michigan.

This fellowship offers candidates the opportunity to develop an integrated research program and enhance skills necessary for a successful academic/research career. Our program graduates have been quite successful in obtaining federal funding of their own to continue addiction-related research.

This program primarily provides two types of postdoctoral training:

1. Post-residency physicians (primarily psychiatrists, but open to all specialty-trained physicians)

2. Doctoral-level fellows (primarily Ph.D.’s) from a broad range of specialties in the behavioral and biomedical sciences.

In addition to the primary emphasis on research development, fellows participate in content-relevant coursework and workshops to develop their methodological expertise. Fellows will give presentations on their work, attend regular meetings, seminars, interdisciplinary lectures, and Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.


Our program admits trainees whose research interests are aligned with the work of our mentoring faculty or collaborating colleagues. This insures that candidates are ready to engage immediately and build successful collaborations.

The structure of mentorship includes one or more primary mentor(s) and a co-mentoring secondary mentor for each fellow. Mentoring faculty have a wide array of expertise in areas related to the behavioral pharmacology, statistics, developmental epidemiology, personality, and psychology of alcohol use and addiction. The program includes 24 mentoring faculty, many of whom are leaders in the field who have extensive research portfolios. This includes:

  • 14 addiction research faculty mentors who are working on more than 34 projects.
  • 10 affiliated faculty mentors from other units across the UM working on more than 21 projects.

Mentoring faculty hold roles with a number of U-M Departments including Psychiatry, Psychology, Pharmacology, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, U-M Institute for Social Research, and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.


T-32 Executive Committee

Led by T-32 Program Director, Frederic C. Blow, the T-32 Executive Committee also serve as primary mentors for trainees. 

In addition to the five members of the Executive Committee are faculty members who are involved in alcohol and drug-related research at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.

Our program has 8 early career faculty who serve as secondary co-mentors for postdoctoral fellows.

Current T-32 Post-Doctoral Fellows

75% of our program graduates have gone on to pursue research and/or academic careers at other leading universities and institutes.


Nearly 1/3 of our program graduates have gone on to hold faculty positions within the U-M Addiction Center or in affiliated U-M Departments and Institutes.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Applications received prior to November 1st will receive priority. All applications will be considered as received for appointments starting on, or about, June 1 or thereafter for the next academic year. Midyear and other off-cycle vacancies are sometimes available.

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • 3 letters of reference
  • A detailed cover letter describing research interests, potential project foci for the fellowship period, and longer term career goals

Fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents with a Ph.D. or M.D. degree.

Due to COVID-19, EMail Above Items To:

Admissions Committee
C/O Shirley Terlecki, MS, Program Manager
Email Address:
University of Michigan Addiction Center
Ann Arbor, MI