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Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

The Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Center announces a call for proposals to provide supplemental support of postdoctoral fellows pursing careers in fields related to mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The Alavi-Dabiri Fellowship Award was developed by Drs. Abass and Jane Alavi in 1997. The Alavis' have provided an endowment, the income of which will provide for the award. This year the award will be approximately $6,500. The grant period is July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. Information on the center and this award can be accessed through

Interested candidates should submit:

1. A preliminary one page application which includes an abstract (250 words) and specific aims of the project.

2. A statement of the project's relevance to mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

3. A letter of support from the applicant's preceptor that will speak to the qualifications of the candidate and provide assurance of funding for the remainder of the fellowship position.

4. A NIH biographical sketch or CV.

This preliminary application (format attached, send 8 copies) is due March 5, 2003 in the office of John Simpkins, 3615 Civic Center Boulevard, Abramson Research Building, Room 502, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose work is judged to be relevant to the mission of the Center will be invited to submit a formal application (about 5 pages and instructions will be provided).

Notification of the results of the preliminary application will be given by March 14, 2003. The formal application will be due by April 4, 2003. Decisions will be announced by May 1, 2003 for a start date of July 1, 2003.

For more information, contact John Simpkins, (215) 590-3728 or

-- Marc Yudkoff, Director,
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Center

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 21, February 11, 2003