Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research (IWHR) Program


Miller, Virginia M. Ph.D.


The Mayo Clinic Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and its co-sponsors.

The program supports mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships and will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical and/or health services research relevant to women's health or sex-gender factors.

The program offers:

  • An outstanding research experience with interdisciplinary basic scientists and clinician-scientists in specific projects related to women's health
  • An opportunity for clinical and translational research education through partnership with the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) to obtain a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences — Clinical and Translational Science
  • A mentor who is devoted to research in topics of women's health through joint mentoring activities of the scholars with senior faculty
  • Formal participation in interdisciplinary seminars, leadership opportunities, small group science discussions, journal clubs, and exposure to national and international scientists at seminars, scientific meetings and workshops


  1. Bahn, Rebecca S. M.D.
  2. Bharucha, Adil E. M.B.B.S., M.D.
  3. Camilleri, Michael M.D.
  4. Garovic, Vesna D. M.D.
  5. Kantor, Birgit M.D.
  6. Loprinzi, Charles L. M.D.
  7. Lucchinetti, Claudia F. M.D.
  8. Markovic, Svetomir N. M.D., Ph.D.
  9. Miller, Virginia M. Ph.D.
  10. Mulvagh, Sharon L. M.D.
  11. Pruthi, Sandhya M.D.
  12. Rocca, Walter A. M.D.
  13. Smith, Glenn E. Ph.D., L.P.
  14. Somers, Virend M.D., Ph.D.
  15. Spelsberg, Thomas C. Ph.D.
  16. Stewart, Elizabeth (Ebbie) A. M.D.
  17. Veldhuis, Johannes D. M.D.


The BIRCWH Scholar position is a junior faculty appointment, not a fellowship.

Two categories of candidates are eligible:

  • Medical doctors who have completed fellowship training.
  • Individuals with doctoral degrees in a discipline that can be applied to translational research. These degrees include the M.D.; Ph.D.; MBBS; M.B., Ch.B.; Dr. P.H.; D.O.; D.D.S.; D.M.D.; O.D.; D.C.; Pharm.D.; Psy.D.; D.N.S.; and D.Sc.N., though other doctoral degrees may be considered. Also eligible are biostatisticians, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists and nurses with doctoral degrees.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess a U.S. Permanent Resident Card (form I-551) or other verification of legal status as a permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Candidates must have no more than six years of research or research training beyond their last doctoral degree. Candidates will devote at least 75 percent (or at least 50 percent for surgical specialties) of their time to the training grant and must not have a current R01, R29 or subproject of a program project grant, center grant, or an independent mentored career development (K series) grant or other equivalent research grant award.

Support is in the form of a minimum of two consecutive 12-month appointments, renewable in annual increments for up to five years total, and is contingent upon satisfactory progress as reported to the Advisory Committee and to the NIH in the annual progress report.

Qualified individuals who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as candidates with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Scholars are encouraged to apply for independent research grant support during the period of K12 support and are allowed concurrent salary support only while in the last two years when in compliance with NIH Policy Notice NOT-OD-08-065.

How to apply

Applications are being accepted through July 1, 2015.

Required application materials include:

  • Cover letter indicating your commitment to an academic career in women's health
  • Mayo Clinic IWHR Program application (obtain by contacting Jessica R. Schmitt at
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty and mentors
  • Three- to five-page summary of your proposed research project

Submit materials to:
Jessica R. Schmitt
Coordinator, Office of Women's Health
Mayo Clinic