Eligibility

The CTM KL2 Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholar Program is designed for individuals who need additional training including mentorship to achieve their research career goals. It is anticipated that all trainees will take appropriate formal courses, (with or without the master's degree) mentorship, and additional training to achieve their research and career goals.

In addition, it is anticipated that KL2 Scholars will participate in workshops, research forums, and practicums. Individuals of exceptional scholarship and aptitude towards critical thinking, who show great promise and are committed to pursuing a rigorous research training and career development program, are invited to apply. Those from a wide range of academic disciplines and from diverse backgrounds including underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Have explicit support and commitment from their Department Chair(s) or Center Director(s), to provide:
    • At least 75 percent protected time for two years;
    • Funding for the candidate's salary and fringes during this time (to the extent not supported by the NIH KL2 grant (see details in RFA under "Financial Support");
    • A faculty appointment after completion of the Program, for those who are enrolled in the Program as clinical research fellows.
  • Be committed to participate in the Program in a focused, active manner for 2 years and devote 75 percent of time and effort to its completion.
  • Be committed to a clinical translational science research career.
  • Be appointed as a clinical research fellow or junior faculty at UT Southwestern or one of our CTSA partner institutions.
  • Have a terminal research or health-professional doctoral degree.
  • Have completed initial post-graduate professional training (e.g., internship and residency for those with an M.D. degree) by the start of the program.
  • Have a well-formulated clinical and/or translational research plan and preferably previous research experience.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from knowledgeable mentors and professional references.
  • Neither be, nor have been, a principal investigator on an R01, R29, or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) or mentored career development (K-series) grants or other equivalent research project grant awards. R03 and R21 grants are permitted.
  • Hold U.S. Citizenship, or be a non-citizen national, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for NIH funding.