Resources for Doctoral Students/Post-Doctoral Fellows

This information is designed to help advance the rheumatology research careers of health professional doctoral students, post-docs, and early-career investigators. We also highlight many benefits of becoming an ARP member. For questions, outdated links, or comments, contact ARP at

Grant Writing Workshops/Mentoring Opportunities for New Investigators

  • ACR Convergence, ACR's annual meeting, offers a two-day workshop designed to promote interactions between young and established investigators to foster collaboration and career mentoring.
  • US Bone and Joint Young Investigators Initiative – The grant mentoring program provides early-career investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers to assist in obtaining funding and develop an academic career.
  • OBSSR Training & Education Opportunities – The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) offers training and career development programs within the NIH.

Grant Writing and Presentation Skills Development



In 2014, the ACR launched the RISE registry as a clinician-friendly method to collect and interpret clinically generated data. The RISE registry collects specific electronic health record data from member clinics. The data can inform patient care, provide evidence of quality care, help management engage in data-driven quality improvement measures, and provide data for practice-based research.

  • RISE – A point-of-care clinical data management tool based on evidence-based quality measures aimed at improving care and drug safety for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gout.

Clinical Trials

The following are neither endorsed, reviewed, nor maintained by the American College of Rheumatology. This list is intended to give you a starting point for your own research. Use your own judgment regarding the reliability of any information found on these websites.

  • NIH Clinical Trials – Registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
  • Clinical Trial Finder – Matches investigators with studies.
  • Immune Tolerance Network – A nonprofit, government-funded consortium of researchers working to establish new treatments for diseases of the immune system. The ITN conducts clinical trials of specialized immune tolerance therapies. They accept concept proposals for novel clinical trials designed to induce immune tolerance in rheumatologic disorders and other areas of autoimmune disease.

FDA News and Information

Disclaimer: There are many organizations that have developed systems for defining and sharing information related to research resources for doctoral/post-doctoral students and researchers. It is not our intent to repeat that activity, but to identify available resources. We do not sanction one over the other, nor do we imply that these are the only sites available from which to gather this information.

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