Call for Applications: Wellstone MDSRC Trainees

The Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Specialized Research Center (MDSRC) at the University of Washington

Invites Grant Applications for:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research or Training in Muscular Dystrophies

The Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Specialized Research Center seeks applications from pre- and post-doctoral trainees, or other individuals in mentored training positions in basic, translational, clinical, or ethics research related to human muscular dystrophies. Projects should have direct relevance to muscular dystrophy and the mentor should have a commitment to training researchers or clinicians in skills needed for future muscular dystrophy research. For one opportunity, we are specifically looking for someone with a project that will focus on facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Projects should pilot new concepts or test the feasibility of new approaches in muscular dystrophy research such that a successful project would provide the basis for career development or future progress in muscular dystrophy research and care.

Applicants should have an appointment at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, or Seattle Children’s Hospital. Candidates with diverse research or clinical experience, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Funds can be used to provide salary support.

Deadline for application: March 15, 2024

Award start date: TBD

Award period: TBD

Application – Interested individuals should submit an application that includes:

  • title page with names and contact information of participating individuals
  • description of the proposed research plan, including abstract, background/preliminary studies, aims and design (2-page limit)
  • description of the mentored training plan (provided by the mentor)
  • statement acknowledging required participation in the standard ethics training programs at the parent institution and in the educational program of the MDSRC, including the MDSRC seminar series
  • curriculum vitae of applicant and mentor(s)
  • letter(s) of reference from mentor(s)
  • budget request that includes base salary, fringe benefits rate, and indirect cost rate (include the name of institution or department)

Please email applications, letters, and questions to:

Katie Mitzelfelt at

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