Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine

Program Details


At the time of appointment, applicants must have a doctoral degree. MD candidates must have an interest in pursuing a research career in cardiovascular medicine or a related clinical field. PhD applicants should have degrees in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, or other relevant areas. The applicant must be eligible to work in the United States (e.g., citizen or permanent resident) at the time of application. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Fellows are typically appointed for two or three years.

Stipend and Benefits

Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2008, the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. These awards are made under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

Stipend Levels for FY17

Career Level

Years of Experience

Stipend for FY 2019

Monthly Stipend























7 or More



Tuition, books, fees, a professional travel allowance, and certain other research related expenses are covered by the Program. All postdoctoral fellows receive health insurance benefits through Northwestern University. 

If Interested

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Mercedes Carnethon ( for program inquiries.

To apply: Complete an application. To submit application materials, please contact Putri Kusumo (


Dr. Mercedes Carnethon

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, Director

Phillip Greenland, MD

Philip Greenland, MD, Associate Director