Applications for the Research Observership must be submitted to Osteo Science Foundation using the online form, no later than 11:59 PM PST on the deadlines of August 1 or February 1. Late submissions will not be accepted. The online proposal form opens on June 1 in the first cycle and December 1 in the second cycle.
Submission period: June 1 - August 1
Notification date is September 15
Submission period: December 1 - February 1
Notification date is March 15
The Scientific and Clinical Review Committee will thoroughly review each application and will consult with the research mentors before recommending placements to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will then discuss the evaluation results from the Education Committee and decide on acceptance of each applicant.
Please keep in mind that the mentors have been selected because they are committed to resident education and are researchers who are part of the Osteo Science Foundation Community, many as former grantees. While we unfortunately are not able to take requests from residents for specific mentors, we will do our best to match you with a researcher who has expertise that matches the interest of the resident, as per the essay in the application. We will also do our best to match residents with researchers who are close in geographic proximity, in order to facilitate future collaborations.
Each institution will have different requirements for researchers. We will work on a case-by-case basis with each program to determine what is needed.
All travel and living expenses are covered by Osteo Science Foundation, including transportation during the observership (rental car or public transportation). Per diem rates for food and housing are as per the GSA Travel rates. Residents will be provided with a credit card, so that no out-of-pocket expenses will be incurred, though receipts must be provided after the observership to support each expense. Housing and flights will be booked directly by OSCF, once arrangements have been made with the resident.
If preferred by the resident or program, an educational grant can be made to the department, instead of reimbursing or pre-paying expenses. If you wish to pursue this option, please indicate as such on your application. Salaries will not be covered.
In order to be eligible for the Research Observership Program, applicants must be enrolled in an OMFS residency program in the United States or Canada, or must be a dental student in the United States or Canada who is planning a career in OMFS.