The Faculty Doctoral Program is intended to professionally develop faculty members of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. These faculty members are life long learners and desire to expand their area of expertise for professional purposes by engaging in research and scholarly advancement. The program provides an opportunity for faculty members of the University to obtain a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences while maintaining their primary faculty appointment within the University.
Faculty members interested in this program must fully appreciate the commitment of time and effort for successful completion of this rigorous program. The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all applications to this program and provides a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The admissions process for the Faculty Doctoral Program is congruent with the admissions process for regular Ph.D. program applicants. In addition to the standard requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants to the Faculty Doctoral Program must hold a primary appointment at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, have demonstrated effective time management and maturity, must have identified a mentor/research advisor who is able to support the research effort, and have completed a rotation period in the mentor’s laboratory. Additional admissions criteria are described in the “Policies and Procedures” of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies.
Following admission and immediate entry into the laboratory, a Research Committee is formed to provide additional mentorship and guidance. The curriculum for each student within the Faculty Doctoral Program is individually tailored by the Research Committee to meet the student’s training and professional needs. Core requirements in bioethics, biostatistics, appropriate use of animals in research and procedures for human subjects in research, as well as presentation of scientific data must also be completed.
By virtue of the student’s full time primary appointment and salary support within the University, students within the Faculty Doctoral Program are not provided stipend support.
Degree progress and requirements for completion of the doctoral program follow the criteria for obtaining the Ph.D. degree in all other doctoral programs of the Graduate School. Those interested in further details of the Faculty Doctoral Program are encouraged to review the “Policies and Procedures” of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.