Master of Science in Translational Research


MTR Admissions

 The application deadline for the MTR Program is March 31st. The deadline for internal funding awards varies.

 The application cycle for 2016 CTSA KL2 and ITMAT funding is closed.


Online Application Process

All eligible applicants will apply online via CollegeNet:

  • Once you have created a CollegeNet account, you can then begin your online application. After logging into College Net, select “Online Application”.
  • You will be asked to enter your Personal Information.  Save and continue to Program Information. 
  • The MTR program applications are found under “Perelman School of Medicine Masters Programs” or you can quick search “Translational Research”.
  • Post-doctoral MTR Applicants should select: “Translational Research, MS, Post-doctoral applicants”
  • Pre-doctoral MTR Applicants should select: “Translational Research, MS, Pre-doctoral applicants”
  • For either program, select "Summer 2016" term.
  • You can enter your information in stages, at your own pace.   The online instructions will walk you through the application.
  • Applicants may access their application any number of times until submission. Once the application has been fully submitted, applicants will be able to check the status themselves and note the receipt of supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.).

Postdoctoral Application Information

  • Entrants must have MD, PhD, MSN, VMD, or DMD level degree
  • Entrants must enroll as full-time students and Penn staff are not eligible to apply unless 80% of their time is protected

Applicants must submit a full application which contains three parts in addition to the application form:

  1. Online Postdoctoral MTR Program Application includes the following required items:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal statement: a one page description of the career goals that includes a description of how the MTR degree meets your educational objectives
    • Research plan: 2-3 page description of proposed research project
      • *Entrepreneurial track: project should emphasize innovation with the potential to commercialize
    • Any other external support for the applicant's salary or research program
      • In this document, please indicate if you are applying for KL2 award or ITMAT Scholarship consideration.
    • Primary Mentor NIH biosketch and other support
    • Please note, transcripts are NOT required for the Postdoctoral MTR application.
       
  2. Application Fee: $45 (US currency only)
    Credit card only payments via the CollegeNet application system.
     
  3.  Three letters of support from faculty members:
  • Letters should be supplied by the applicant's mentor(s), and his/her division chief and /or department chair
  • Letters should follow guidelines listed below
  • The online application system supports electronic submission of the letters; create an account through the online application to request the letters from faculty.

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

  1. The commitment to mentor the candidate
  2. The suitability of the trainee's education objectives for stated career goals
  3. The feasibility and relevance of stated area of research to be undertaken during the program to include:
    • The resources available to complete the research
    • The availability of collaborative relationships that may be required to undertake the research question
  4. Mentor's prior experience mentoring in the ITMAT Scholar / CTSA KL2 program, and / or mentoring translational research trainees
  • *Entrepreneurial track: include relevant experience as an innovator

The Division Chief/ Dept Chair letters of support should address the following:

  1. Commitment of the division/department to the trainee, his/her research direction and his/her career goals
  2. Guarantee of 80% protected time for the trainee
  3. Other funding available to the applicant (T32, K12, dept support, to include # of years of support available), please be specific
  4. Availability of resources for the mentor and mentee
  5. The relevance of the research to the department/division research goals
  6. Prior experience with trainees in the ITMAT Scholar / CTSA KL2 program and/or translational research
 The application cycle for consideration of CTSA KL2 and ITMAT funding is closed.

Predoctoral Application Information

Admissions

University of Pennsylvania predoctoral students are welcome to apply from the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Doctoral Program at the School of Nursing. The admissions process for combined degree programs is competitive and requires admission to both programs. The program is only open to students who are or will be enrolled at Penn. Students at other institutions are not eligible to apply.

MD-MTR Applications are due in the fall of year 3 of the MD program.

DMD-MTR Applications are due in the fall of year 1 of the DMD program.

  • DMD Applicants should follow the dental dual-degree Application process.
The application cycle for consideration of CTSA TL1 funding for 2016 is closed.

Application Process

  1. The online predoctoral application includes the following required items:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Research plan: one page description of their proposed area of research
    • Personal statement: one page personal statement detailing their commitment to a translational research career
  2. Transcripts: 

    Unofficial Transcripts:
    Applicants to the above programs must upload an unofficial transcript in the Academic Background section of the online application form, issued to you from your institution's registrar for each school indicated in the section.
    Official Transcripts: 
    If you are admitted to the program, official transcripts from your institution must be delivered directly to Penn, via email or mailed to ITMAT Education Programs at ITMATEd@mail.med.upenn.edu or ITMAT Education Programs, 8035 Maloney Bldg, 3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19104, Attn: Rachel Bastian.

  3. One letter of support: The letter of support should be supplied by the applicant’s research mentor. Create an account through the online application to request the letters from faculty; the online application system supports electronic submission of the letters.

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:
    • The availability of collaborative relationships that may be required to undertake the research question
    • The resources available to complete the research
  4. Mentor's prior experience mentoring translational research trainees

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