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 For questions, outdated links, or comments, contact ARP at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/ARP 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.
  • NIA Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials – The objective of this institute is to provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.
  • 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


Clinical Trials and Registries

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 non-profit, government-funded consortium of researchers working together 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. See details >

FDA News and Information

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