The LCIRN Scholars Program is designed to support the next generation of researchers to use life course intervention research (LCIR) concepts, methods, and skills to promote health and well-being across the lifespan. Scholars will be supported to bridge the gap between completion of their training and the launch of their independent research careers. The inaugural year of the LCIRN Scholars Program will run from July 2021 through August 2023.
Teaching sessions will be virtual, so Scholars can participate from any location in the US states and territories.
The first three months of the program will focus on gaining a common understanding of life course intervention research concepts and frameworks.
Scholars will begin workshopping their project ideas with their cohort and leaders from the LCIRN.
The cohort will meet weekly for 2 hours per session. Scholars will be connected with their mentor for the year and will select their research node.
The primary focus during the second quarter will be to support scholars in developing their pilot projects and preparing and submitting proposals for funds. Projects should be intervention-focused and must be implemented in the US states and territories.
Scholars will continue to meet for 2 hours a week for workshopping, combined with didactic modules to develop specific skills to support LCIR. Scholars will also meet regularly with their mentors.
Scholars will implement their pilot projects and work on developing proposals for future funding. The cohort will continue to meet monthly to review progress, troubleshoot challenges, and receive ongoing training and support focused on building specific skills. This third phase of the Scholars program will be customized based on the nature of the projects being undertaken, their design and subject matter, scholar requests and needs
Scholars will also be expected to continue to meet with their mentors and research nodes throughout this process.