CTSA TL1 Program

The purpose of the CTSA TL1 Program is to provide formal research training opportunities for predoctoral students interested in pursuing research careers in T1 Translational Research (testing basic research for clinical effect/applicability; i.e. preclinical, first in human, proof of concept, phase 1) and whose research is focused on the elucidation of mechanistic and therapeutic aspects of disease process. 

Predoctoral Training Program Objectives

  • To recruit, train, and mentor highly talented and motivated graduate students in Penn's premier health sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, and Dental Medicine) in clinical and translational research (both a combined MTR degree program or a certification program).
  • To recruit, train, and mentor highly talented and motivated graduate PhD students from Penn's integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) program in clinical and translational research (certification program – CTR).

Students in this training program are eligible for funding via the TL1 component of the CTSA.

TL1 Request for Applications

Deadline: October 17, 2014

We are pleased to announce a request for applications from predoctoral students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Translational Research (MTR) or Certificate of Translational Research (CTR) with funding from the CTSA TL1 training grant.

All predoctoral students applying to the MTR/CTR program will automatically be considered for a training slot in the CTSA TL1 training grant. TL1 appointees will receive $20,500 toward tuition and a $22,476 in stipend (prorated, paid monthly that is provided for year 1 of the program). Applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status. Appointment of trainees will be from June 30, 2015 until June 29, 2016.

Medical students should apply in their third year of medical school. For dental and nursing students, applications can be submitted during their first year after acceptance into the primary degree program.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received after the October 10th 2014 deadline will be considered only if funding is available. 

Predoctoral Application Process

  1. The online predoctoral application includes:
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Personal statement: one page personal statement detailing their commitment to a translational research career
      • Research plan: one page description of their proposed area of research
  2. A current medical school transcript emailed or mailed to Marti Dandridge at ITMATEd@mail.med.upenn.edu or 8035 Maloney Bldg, 3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19104
  3. One letter of support: The letter of support should be supplied by the applicant’s research mentor.  The online application system supports the electronic submission of the letter.

 The Mentor(s) letter of support should address the following:

    1. The commitment to mentor the candidate
    2. The suitability of the trainee's educational objectives for stated career goals
    3. The feasibility and relevance of stated area of research to be undertaken during the program to include:
        1. The resources available to complete the research
        2. The availability of collaborative relationships that may be required to undertake the research question
    4. Mentor's prior experience mentoring translational research trainee


If you have any questions, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Megan Maxwell      Program Director, Emma Meagher, MD 


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