Biosocial Training Program


 Now Accepting Applications for the Predoctoral Program - Start Date By April 30, 2019

We are soliciting applications for a new Biosocial training program that aims to promote and support interdisciplinary training of PhD students and Post-doctoral scholars from both the social sciences and biological/health sciences. The goal of this new and innovative training program is to produce scientists who will conduct truly integrative work that will address some of the most pressing health problems nationally and internationally. Trainees will have the opportunity to receive interdisciplinary mentorship and training in a wide array of content areas, ranging from social inequalities to biological processes. Trainees will enter from their respective disciplines and will identify a co-preceptor team comprised of a mentor from their home discipline and another representing their new interdisciplinary interest area from among the current training faculty.

Postdoctoral Requirements:
Postdoctoral trainees must complete their PhD degree by the time their postdoctoral training begins. There are no exceptions to this rule. Applicants should clearly state where they are in the dissertation writing process; the applicant’s advisor should provide supporting evidence that the applicant will complete the PhD in time to be eligible for this program. PhD’s from any academic program are eligible to apply.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year for postdoctral trainees.

  • POSTDOC Application Form
  • UNC Human Resources Application

Please contact for information on the application process.

Predoctoral Requirements:

Predoctoral trainees must be current UNC graduate students. Ideally, students applying for this program should be nearing completion of coursework in their home discipline and be ready to significantly enhance their training with interdisciplinary coursework, seminars, and research apprenticeship. Students from any academic program are eligible to apply.

Applications submission is open until January 25, 2019.

  • PREDOC Application Form

Please contact for access to the online application submission system.

Review Process:

1. Makeup of the Training Committee

There are six members of the Biosocial Training Committee, shown in the table below. Three faculty members represent social science disciplines and three represent biological/health disciplines. Together, these faculty conduct research and teaching on cardiovascular/metabolic health, genomics, immunology/infection, and the microbiome on the biological/health sciences side, while on the social side, these faculty conduct research on social inequalities, social networks, and spatial/temporal processes. The Training Committee will make recommendations on the awarding of traineeships to the Program Directors, Drs. Allison Aiello and Robert Hummer.

Table A. Biosocial Training Committee


Gap Area


Penny Gordon-Larsen


Biological Health Sciences

Nutrition/ CVD, T2D, Obesity, Biomarkers

Michael Emch


Social Sciences

Geography & Epidemiology/Spatial Processes and Analysis

Steve Meshnick


Biological Health Sciences

Epidemiology/ Infectious Diseases, Immunology

Kathleen Mullan Harris


Social Sciences

Sociology/ Life course, Integration of Social and Biological approaches

Karen Mohlke


Biological Health Sciences

Genetics/ GWAS, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics

James Moody


Social Sciences

Sociology/Social Networks

2. Materials Reviewed
3. Evaluative Criteria
4. Notification

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