Each budget year of this grant provides support to four predoctoral students (typically, two in their first year and two in their second year) and four postdoctoral fellows (typically, zero to one year post-degree) interested in alcohol research. Each trainee must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment (per the NIH Grants Policy Statement – section This grant strives to support the NIH’s Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity (per the NIH Grants Policy Statement – section

Degree Requirements (per the NIH Grants Policy Statement – section by date of appointment:

  • Predoctoral research training is for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are enrolled in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Predoctoral research training must emphasize fundamental training in areas of basic biomedical and behavioral sciences.
  • Postdoctoral research training is for individuals who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Research training at the postdoctoral level must emphasize specialized training to meet national research priorities in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.
To Apply for a Predoctoral Position:

Indicate that you are interested in researching alcohol to the mentor(s) you are meeting with during your JDP interviews. This website contains a listing of current faculty mentors and links to their websites and areas of research.

To Apply for a Postdoctoral Position:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Positions are open to US citizen or noncitizen national^ Ph.D.s who will have completed their degree requirements by the date of appointment from the clinical and behavioral sciences interested in increasing their knowledge of alcohol research. Fellows conduct research with their mentor, including comprehensive literature reviews and participation in data collection and analysis. Fellows are encouraged to become involved in manuscript and grant writing, and are expected to participate in the alcohol research program’s seminars and to attend and present at appropriate national meetings (e.g., Research Society on Alcoholism).

^The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment per https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/HTML5/section_11/11.3.2_eligibility.htm#Citizens.

Complete this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/HQFMgRTgpPflFxmD2

Also, email Dr. Edward Riley’s administrative assistant, Jill Vander Velde (vanderv AT sdsu.edu) the following:

  1. CV including your publication listing and details on any independent research funding you’ve received and your list of three reference letter writers.
  2. Statement of interest and alcohol research goals including the faculty mentor(s) you would be interested in working with (indicate whether or not you have been in touch with them). In addition, we are interested in learning about any challenges or adversities you have overcome during your academic journey. Further, describe any aspects of your personal or professional background that demonstrate your commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Examples include advocacy, community service with diverse populations, and research examining inequities.
  3. Letters from your three references should be emailed to Jill directly by the letter writer.

Updated March 2024