Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program


Miller, Virginia (Virginia M.) M. Ph.D.


The short-term goal of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program at Mayo Clinic is to recruit and train outstanding investigators in interdisciplinary women's health research. The long-term goal is to build and sustain a viable pool of investigators with synergistic projects who will lead the translation of scientific findings into better health for women.

BIRCWH Scholars are trained and mentored by renowned basic science, clinical and translational science researchers in the collegial and innovative academic environment of a leading patient-centered institution.

Each BIRCWH Scholar is enrolled for up to three years. Most scholars are junior faculty members with terminal degrees such as an M.D. or a Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic's BIRCWH Program has matured since enrolling its first scholar in 2011. Former scholars have achieved success in collaborative research activities, obtained competitive funding, published manuscripts, received extramural leadership positions and engaged in transformational clinical initiatives.

During the most recent funding cycle, the BIRCWH Program at Mayo Clinic introduced three innovations to build on the program and facilitate synergies with Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) and neighboring BIRCWH programs. Novel elements in the program include:

  • Development of closer and mutually beneficial ties with Mayo's CCaTS to support the BIRCWH Program's educational component
  • Integration of BIRCWH Scholars into Mayo Clinic's Women's Health Research Center as a focus for research activities and opportunity for involvement in team science
  • Establishment of a regional BIRCWH partnership — consisting of the BIRCWH programs at Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin — to broaden and extend opportunities for career development through collegiality, collaboration and mentoring

Position availability

The BIRCWH Program at Mayo Clinic supports three scholars at any given time. Two positions are funded by the National Institutes of Health and one is funded by Mayo Clinic.


Appointees must have received a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree by the beginning date of the training grant appointment.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • Have completed any postdoctoral training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field
  • Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree or fellowship program
  • Identify mentors with extensive research experience
  • Devote a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort to the BIRCWH Program during their appointment
  • Not be or have been a lead investigator on an R01 or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, P20, P30, U54) grant, independent mentored career development (K series) grant, or other equivalent research grant award, except for R03 and R21

How to apply

For more information, contact Jessica C. Cruz at


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