The Research Training Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences is an interdisciplinary program for postdoctoral trainees in communication sciences and disorders and allied fields, such as psychology, neuroscience, and engineering. Supported by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, the program aims to provide outstanding students from participating graduate programs with a broader and deeper understanding of the interrelated fields that contribute to the science of communication. Postdoctoral training is explicitly cross-disciplinary.

Preceptors from the Departments of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Physiology and Biophysics,Psychology, and Rehabilitation Medicine participate in the Training Program.

Availability of positions and application requirements are typically announced in the spring of each year.

Postdoctoral Trainee Applications

Who is eligible

Recent recipients of the doctoral degree in a field related to communication sciences and disorders may apply to the Training Program. The goal of the postdoctoral training program is to provide cross-disciplinary training to outstanding individuals who have recently received a PhD degree in Communication Sciences or in a related field. Candidates must be interested in extending their research training in a related new field. Trainees must be U.S. citizens and meet the other criteria for eligibility established by NIH. Potential trainees must contact and secure the support of a mentor prior to application to the Training Program.


All trainees are expected to work full-time on the research training program. Trainees have several additional requirements:

  • Weekly participation in and regular presentation at the Doctoral Research Forum (SPHSC 567).
  • Weekly participation in the Training Grant Seminar each year.
  • Preparation and submission of a postdoctoral fellowship application (NIH F32 or equivalent).
  • Completion of Grant Writing in the Hearing and Speech Sciences (SPHSC 568).
  • Participation in the Biomedical Research Integrity series annually.

Period of appointment

Trainees are appointed for one year. Trainees may compete for support for up to three years, but the expectation is that most trainees will have secured individual funding by the second or third year of training.

Support offered

Trainees are paid a stipend according to the NIH schedule. Tuition, if any, is covered by the University's Tuition Exemption Program. Limited funds are available for travel to scientific meetings.

Application Process

Applications are accepted each year. Applicants must submit a curriculum vita, a 4-page summary of their proposed research, a 1-page statement of how postdoctoral training will allow the trainee to pursue cross-disciplinary training, 2 letters of recommendation and a letter of support from the proposed mentor. The details of the application process are announced in the spring.