T32 Application

About the Program

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Pulmonary Medicine Research at Duke University is known as Pulmonary ReSearch to Promote, Engage and Retain Academic Researchers (PROSPER). 

Application Deadline:

No specific deadline - applications are considered at any point in the year.

Program Eligibility

  • Must hold an MD or MD/PhD or PhD degree
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in an academic research career, particularly within pulmonary medicine research
  • Be able to commit to a post-doctoral training program typically for 2 years
  • Be a US citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident at the time of appointment

Funding Mechanism

Supported by NHLBI T32 awarded in January 2022.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke University provides equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. In accordance with the goals of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, our training program is committed to increasing the number of under-represented ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged fellows entering the program.

Application Materials

  • Download the T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Application below.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Career Development Plan (1 page)
  • Personal statement describe prior training and how it relates to the objectives and long-term career plans (1 page)
  • An NIH-style biosketch  (sample biosketch)
  • Scientific proposal should be limited to 7 pages total (excluding references, human subjects and vertebrate animals). 
  • Letter of Support from a Duke faculty member who has agreed to serve as the applicant’s research mentor, including an NIH style biosketch.
  • Letter of support from your previous mentor (optional - if applicable)


Interviews will be scheduled and conducted by the Program Co-Directors, Drs. Scott Palmer and Jennifer Ingram; the Program Deputy Director, Dr. David Murdoch and other members of the selection committee who will make a decision about appointment to the T32.  Applicants will virtually meet with members of the Fellowship Selection Committee and spend time with current fellows.

Selection Process

Potential applicants are encouraged to meet with their Department representatives for both the fellowship and T32 programs to express interest.  All fellows who wish to participate in the program will need to work with their research mentors, the T32 program directors, and the fellowship program directors to develop a schedule that integrates their research and clinical training and ensures that all board eligibility requirements are met.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes the T32 PIs and other representatives from participating departments as appropriate. On average, up to six fellows are selected each year, but this can vary year-to-year as circumstances warrant.

Application Submission

  • Download the application form (an editable .doc file)complete it and attach all application materials as one PDF document
  • Completed applications should be sent to the Program Coordinator (erika.ratcliffe@duke.edu).  All applicants will receive an email confirming receipt; if you do not receive this email within 24 hours of submission please contact Ms. Ratcliffe. 
  • No specific deadline: applications are considered at any point in the year.

For questions regarding these proposal guidelines, eligibility requirements, review criteria, or for other information related to this program, please contact:

Jennifer Ingram, PhD
Program Co-Director

Erika Ratcliffe
Program Coordinator