About Us

THE REPRODUCTIVE SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM was established in 1988 to train obstetrician-gynecologists committed to academic investigative careers in fundamental biomedical science.  The program is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with private agencies, professional societies, foundations, and private industry.The Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) provides career development support for obstetricians and gynecologists who are committed to a basic science career in academic medicine and research.  The areas of interests covered by the program are broadly defined, with emphasis in cell and molecular biology as applied to problems in reproductive endocrinology, genetics, maternal-fetal medicine, oncology, infectious disease, or other aspects of reproduction. 

The program consists of two phases.  Phase I is a two-year award requiring 100% protected time, during which the scholars pursue intensive basic research in the laboratory of a nationally recognized scientific leader.  Upon successful completion of a competitive application, Phase II scholars receive two years of support at 75% protected time for laboratory based research.  Phase II also includes Department sponsorship for additional teaching and/or clinical services for which the scholars are able to devote 25% effort.    

The RSDP program serves as a stepping stone for a successful career as a physician-scientist.  Benefits of being an RSDP scholar include, 1) salary and fringe support, 2) research supply costs, 3) protected research time, 4) ability work with some of the most accomplished researchers in biomedical research, 5) potential collaborations for future projects, and 6) continuous scientific and career support.


Interested Applicants

Must be seeking a career in academic obstetrics and gynecology research.  Applicants must be near completion of their residency in obstetrics and gynecology or in their subspecialty fellowship.  Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support.  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply. Potential applicants should promptly contact the RSDP office, as should the sponsoring Department Chair.


  • M.D. or D.O. degree.

  • U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151or I 155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen at the time of the award.

  • Completion of a four-year internship and residency in obstetrics-gynecology approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada by the time the RSDP training would begin.

  • Prior laboratory experience is not a requirement for applicants, although a research proposal is required as part of the application.