CCB Fellowship Program

About the CCB Fellowship Program

The CCB Fellowship Program awards outstanding clinical and basic science researchers who are interested in studying topics aligned with our mission and who hold a strong desire to collaborate with labs in the IRP. In addition to monetary support, CCB Fellows will have access to professional development activities including training on grant-writing, career planning, oral presentations, and leadership skills. Additional activities will include a seminar series designed by CCB Fellows that will feature presentations from both fellows and outside speakers.

In the past, applicants have been asked to submit a research proposal, CV, and mentor letter. Examples of fundable projects include studies of brain circuitry involved in the generation of compulsive behaviors (both anatomically or functionally), development of new tools or animal models to study these circuits and behaviors, and development of behavioral tests in research animals or humans to trigger, measure, and/or manipulate compulsive behaviors.


Fellowship Contacts

To stay up to date with the application cycle, sign up for the listserv or send an email with a signup request to Roland Bock.

Yavin Shaham, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, NIDA

Lauren Atlas, Ph.D.
Investigator, NCCIH

Roland Bock, M.Sc.
Scientific Program Manager

Applications for Fellowship

  • Applications for the current cycle open on February 27, 2023 and will close on April 10, 2023 at 6:00PM EST.
  • The call for applications can be found here(pdf, 126 KB) that has more information.
  • Please reach out to the Fellowship contacts regarding any questions about the application process.
  • Submit your complete application as one PDF file to Roland Bock at


Applications are open for postdoctoral IRTA fellows in the IRP, or incoming postdoctoral fellows joining an IRP laboratory before September 30, 2023.

New Application Documents

  1. Research proposal modeled after the “Specific Aims” section of NIH grant applications (3 pages, 2 aims maximum). This section should include the rationale of the study and identity the gap of knowledge and/or main unanswered question. Description of the Aims with the hypothesis to be tested and techniques to be used in the experiments
  2. NIH biographical sketch for applicant and mentors (5 pages maximum for each)
  3. Description of inter- or intra-institute collaborative aspects of the research proposal. The role of each principal investigator must be clearly defined (1 page maximum).

Renewal Application Documents

Your research proposal should include a progress report of research conducted during the last year, including publications, presentations at meetings and awards (1-2 pages, see separate template). In addition, you need to complete and sign the renewal agreement (will be distributed directly to the current fellows).

Submission Format

New Applications: Please use one of the font types of Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, or Palatino Linotype with a font size no smaller than 11 points. Provide a minimum of 1 inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right), and have a line separating each paragraph.

Renewals: Please use the supplied template file and complete the different sections. As font types use one of Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, or Palatino Linotype no smaller than 11 points, with 1 inch margins on all sides.

Important: Combine all documents into one single file, to be submitted as a PDF file. Each individual section must have a designated heading. Please add a cover page that lists the title of your proposal and clearly identifies you and your mentors with their affiliation (this page does not count towards the page limit of your proposal).

Selection and Decision

Applications are reviewed by CCB Investigators and funding decisions will be made by May 15, 2023. Funds will be allocated soon after. Fellows are expected to join by September 30, 2023 at the latest.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria Weight Scale*
Qualification of the applicant 30% 1-9
Qualification of the mentors (minimum of 2 mentors) 20% 1-9
Scientific quality of the proposal and its relevance to compulsive behaviors 30% 1-9
Collaborative nature (inter- and/or intra-institute) 20%


*on this scale, 1 is the highest classification and 9 is the lowest.


The award consists of up to $30,000 to support the CCB Fellow's stipend. If funds are available and based on scientific progress, the fellowship might be renewed yearly, for up to 3 years. Mentors and/or their Institutes are responsible for supplementing the remainder of the Fellow's stipend during his/her postdoctoral training at the NIH.

Training and Seminars

CCB Fellows will have access to specific professional development activities, including oral presentations, and leadership skills. Additional activities will include monthly journal clubs and a seasonal seminar series designed by CCB Fellows featuring presentations from both Fellows and Fellow-invited outside speakers.

Responsibilities and Requirements

CCB Fellows are required to:

  • Participate in the training and professional development activities hosted by the CCB
  • Present their projects to CCB members and provide yearly progress reports
  • Participate in monthly journal clubs and lead at least one journal club a year

CCB Fellows and their mentors are expected to:

  • Attend CCB Seminars and Retreats



Current Fellows
Learn more about the research being conducted within the CCB by current CCB Fellows.
Fellow Alumni
Learn more about research completed by CCB Fellow alumni.