The University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative (UHI) Faculty Fellows Program supports the development of community-based research and demonstration models that focus on projects related to the social determinants of health for youth ages 10-18 in areas including obesity, violence prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.

Research programs must address unmet community needs or gaps in services as defined by community partners.

The fellowship:

  • Builds the capacity of communities and UChicago Medicine to engage in authentic collaborative research partnerships
  • Enhances networks and infrastructure that promote community-engaged research that not only takes place in the community, but requires community as part of the planning partnership.
  • Fosters preliminary work and collaborative research projects that pursue issues that are important to Chicago communities and lead to larger research projects that will provide information critical to improving the health and well-being for the target population in Chicago’s South Side communities.

Ideal candidates for the UHI Faculty Fellows Program are affiliates of the University of Chicago who are physicians that have completed a fellowship or individuals possessing a doctoral degree (completion of a postdoctoral training program is preferred). Individuals at the assistant professor level are encouraged to apply. However, this research opportunity is limited to junior/non-tenured faculty.