We are currently accepting new applications for the Diabetes and Related Metabolic Diseases training grant. Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Applications may be submitted online here and must be accompanied by an email with all additional materials. More information can be found within the application. Questions regarding this application may be directed to Reid Kenney.


About 30 million Americans have diabetes, another 84 million have prediabetes, and nearly a quarter of health care expenditures are for diabetes and its complications. In addition to economic costs, metabolic diseases like diabetes cause enormous suffering due to heart disease, kidney failure, liver failure, strokes, amputations and many other health problems. Our Research Fellowship Program’s mission is to train exceptional scientists capable of leveraging the latest research tools and developing new strategies to decrease the burden of diabetes.

The program trains MD, PhD, and MD PhD scientists for 2 to 3 years through mentored research and structured activities that are seamlessly integrated with basic science departments, clinical departments, and centers in the context of considerable institutional support.

Program Features:

  1. Research facilities and a research environment encompassing, among other, the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (the Washington University CTSA), the Diabetes Research Center(DRC) and Nutrition Obesity Research Center(NORC).
  2. A required core curriculum in diabetes science and supplemental courses that include training in Rigor and Reproducibility, all provided at no cost to trainees.
  3. Administrative support to facilitate interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research training.
  4. Two Program Directors with complementary skill sets, strong records of training scholars, and significant commitment of effort through institutional support.
  5. Thirty (30) preceptors with substantial external support focused on diabetes and related metabolic diseases. Over the past 10 years, this group has trained more than 270 postdoctorates of whom 86% have continued in research.
  6. Highly competitive pool of PhD and clinical degree trainees.
  7. Successful track record in publications, competing for grant support, and remaining in research or research-related careers.
  8. New Metabolic Outreach Program allowing underrepresented minority scientists from the University of Miami to undergo short-term research training at Washington University.