Application Procedures


The HDRS program is not currently accepting applications. Recruitment for Summer/Fall 2020 will begin in November 2019.

The HDRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program funded since 2005 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and supported by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and Public Health provides training at the postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority populations with an emphasis on maternal/child, adolescent and family health.


  • Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the time of entry into the program.
  • Applicants must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status.

Stipends and Benefits: Fellows are supported for up to 3 years. Annual stipend levels are set by the National Institutes of Health and are determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the appointment is made. Fellows have access to the full range of resources offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each Fellow is provided with shared office space plus library privileges, access to health insurance, and support for research training, and travel to conferences.


To apply, please submit the following documents in a single pdf file to Dr. Pam Asquith, Program Administrator at

  1. Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research Statement summarizing your dissertation research and future research interests (Limit to 2 pages)
  4. Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation OR one published/forthcoming article that best represents your intellectual interests.

Reference Letters upon Request

Applicants may be asked to send confidential letters of reference from three referees. If requested, signed letters should be emailed by referees directly in Word or PDF format to Program Director, Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal at

Principal Investigator

Deborah Ehrenthal MD, MPH
Director, Division of Reproductive and Population Health

WARF Building, Room 658
610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

Tel: (608) 265-0559


Pam Asquith, PhD
HDRS Program Administrator

WARF Building, Room 662
610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

Tel: (608) 265-2643