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 Us

The Addiction Center’s mission is 3-tiered: Treatment. Education/Training. Research. The center’s team collaborates with colleagues at Michigan Medicine, across the U-M campus, and nationally and internationally, to provide state-of-the-art addiction treatment, to train the next generation of experts in this field, and to conduct innovative addiction research. Learn more

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.

About the NIAAA T-32 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 10 faculty who serve as secondary co-mentors for postdoctoral fellows.

How to Apply

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Application Deadline

All of the slots have been filled for FY23-24. We are accepting applications for FY25-26. 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. Fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents with a Ph.D. or M.D. degree.


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

Questions? Contact: Angela Tiberia - [email protected]