Frequently Asked Questions

Will the institute be in-person or remote for 2021? 

We will make a decision in early March about the format of the institute. Currently, we're considering a remote institute during a week in the summer, or a fall in-person institute over a 4-day weekend. We are also considering a combination plan, with a short online institute in the summer, in addition to a 2-day fall "retreat." It is highly unlikely we will be in person in the summer. 

When is the 2021 Institute?

We will share the institute dates by early March, 2021. 

What are the costs of participating in the program? 

There is no cost to participate. The program will cover the costs of attending the 4-day summer institute including travel to and from Ann Arbor and lodging. The program will also provide food during the 4-day residential institute.  

Do I need to have a research background to apply? 

Yes. We encourage early-career scientists who have finished their doctorate to apply. While all applicants must be committed to research, we welcome diversity of experience. We welcome applications from behavioral or social scientists, clinicians, health services researchers, and investigators whose research focuses on minority populations.

Are international applicants eligible for the program?

Yes. We will review international applications on a case-by-case basis. We may not be able to cover the cost of international airfare. 

What commitment is required?

Our participants are expected to commit to the following elements of the MIWI Training Program.

  • Attend the pre-summer institute webinar and complete needs training needs-assessment
  • Attend the 4-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with mentorship team in the 9 months following the institute. 
  • Complete evaluation survey at the end of the program. 

Do I need to have a mentor prior to applying to the program?

No. Applicants will be matched with a mentorship team consisting of one University of Michigan professor and one visiting professor based on the research proposal submitted in their application, as well as a needs-assessment which will be completed prior to the Summer Institute. 

What can I expect to get out of the program? 

Scholars will receive focused research training that will help move projects forward around the intersection of mental and physical health. Additionally, the MIWI training program will provide support with disseminating work and writing papers and grants. 

I am an established investigator. Am I eligible to apply for the program? 

Yes. On a case by case basis we will consider applications from established investigators who are interested in expanding their expertise in our program areas. Contact the MIWI Program Director, Dr. Briana Mezuk at bmezuk@umich.edu for more information.