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Predoctoral Training Program Objectives

  • To recruit, train, and mentor highly talented and motivated graduate students in Pennís premier health sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine and Veterinary 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 Pennís 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

This notice serves as a request for applications from predoctoral students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science Degree program in Translational Research (MTR) or Certificate of Translational Research (CTR) with funding from the CTSA TL1 training grant. The purpose of this program is to provide a formal funded research training opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing research careers in Translational Research and whose research is focused on the elucidation of mechanistic and therapeutic aspects of disease process

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 $22,032 stipend (prorated, paid monthly).  There are a total of 5 training slots annually. Applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status. Appointment of trainees will be from June 30, 2014 until June 29, 2015.

Application Materials

Applicants are asked to submit a one page personal statement detailing their commitment to a research career consistent with the goals of the CTSA TL1 program, a one page description of their proposed area of research, and a current CV through the online application form. A current school transcript and one letter of support should be sent separately.

The letter of support should be supplied by the applicant’s research mentor directly to the program office. The letter should state their commitment to you as your mentor and address their commitment to your career. Email to:

Send official current graduate transcript to Marti Dandridge, 8033 Maloney Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-4283 or

For medical students, applications can be submitted at any time during the first three years of medical school. For dental and nursing students, applications can be submitted during their first year after acceptance into the primary degree program.

Consideration for CTSA TL1 funding will be begin in Mid - November 2013 for appointments beginning July 1, 2014, and applications will be reviewed in the order they were received.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Meagher at

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