Through a partnership between the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, the LEAD Global Training Program’s overarching aim is to train predoctoral and postdoctoral students from universities across the US in various disciplines (Psychiatry, Social Work, Public Health, Pharmacy, and others) in the area of global mental health.


  • Summer Training Program stipend: 10-week stipend ($2153/month, prorated in August). See note below about stipend eligibility*
  • Postdoctoral Training Program stipend: commensurate with experience, as established by NIH  
  • Research training in foundational global research skills & knowledge, offered in a hybrid format in 2023
  • Experiential learning, mentoring, “hands-on” experience in domestic & international mental health studies 
  • Individualized consultation, feedback, goal setting & monitoring


  • Advanced predoctoral students working towards degrees such as MD, PhD, EdD, PharmD, ScD, OTD, etc. (Summer Program only)
  • Postdocs, residents, fellows or early career researchers/junior faculty within 5 years of terminal degree. (Summer or Postdoctoral Program)
  • US citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident
  • From a group disadvantaged or underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical & social science research
  • Commitment to health disparities research, more specifically, global mental health within resource constrained settings

Summer Program (10 Weeks) – 2024 Cohort

(Pending Notice of Award from Funding Partners)
Applications due extended to January 31, 2024
Award announcement  March 4, 2024**
Start date
 June 3, 2024**
End date  August 9, 2024**

**Approximate Dates

Postdoctoral Program (1-2 Years)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis so starts/end dates will vary. Postdoctoral scholars participate in the summer training program. 

*Stipend eligibility — Please note: Early career researchers (assistant professors; residents) may not receive a stipend if also receiving a salary (i.e. on a 12-month appointment) during the 10-week summer training program. However, they are eligible for the benefits of mentorship and access to robust data sets, potential pilot funding, and travel expenses, as travel becomes available. For more information, please see the following NIH guidelines:

MHRT research training grants must be used to support a program of full-time research training. Within the full-time training period, trainees must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. The program may not be used to support research studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional training.

Training is not intended, and may not be used, to support activities that would ordinarily be part of a research degree program; residency training of physicians or other health professionals; activities for which NRSA support is provided under 42 USC 288; or for compensation for employment or for the performance of personal services by individuals receiving training and instruction.