Invitation to Apply 

The CICM hosts an annual two and a half day Predoctoral Summer Institute for up to 12 professionals who are interested in pursuing a PhD in social work, public health, or public policy in the areas of child abuse and neglect/child and family well-being.

The 2023 Predoctoral Summer Institute will be held virtually on May 18, 2023-May 20, 2023. To learn more about the CICM, please visit

The application window is now open and we will be accepting applications until March 20, 2023. If you know of qualified applicants, please encourage them to apply! Individuals from historically excluded backgrounds in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Why are we doing this?  

Child abuse and neglect is a significant public health concern in the United States and around the world. Despite the complexity of child abuse and neglect, there is a lack of sufficient numbers of scholars trained to conduct research in this area.  

Building a diverse research pipeline requires attention to doctoral program recruitment as the transition back to academia can be challenging to navigate. 

What is included?  
  1. Advice on preparing for re-entry into academia  

  2. Discussions of the latest trends and research gaps related to child maltreatment in the fields of social work, public health, and public policy areas

  3. Information on how to develop competitive application materials for a doctoral program, including a statement of purpose, CV/resumes, other writing samples, and how to identify academic mentors.  


January 3 – March 20, 2023: Applications accepted

March 27, 2023: Participants will be notified

April 3, 2023: Participants confirm their acceptance


Participants must meet early career or transitioning scholar criteria. The participant must not be already enrolled in a PhD program.  

Application Process  

All materials need to be submitted by March 20, 2023 

  1. Application form  
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  3. A 2-3 page statement of interest indicating why this summer institute will be beneficial to you, what work experience (if any) you have related to child abuse and neglect/child and family well-being, and a brief discussion of your intended academic and research plans.

Questions can be directed to:

Yadi Tejeda, MSW (

Fithi Embaye, MSW, LISW (

Applications for the May 2023 Institute are now closed.