Master of Science in Translational Research
Only one application is required for both the MTR and ITMAT Funding. Applications are due October 27, 2017.
- 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 be enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in the MD, DMD, VMD, Nursing, or Biomedical Science PhD programs.
- 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 2 of the DMD program and follow the dental dual-degree application process.
The Online MTR Application requires the following 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
- External support for the applicant's salary or research program awarded or under review
- Please specify if you prefer to be considered for a specific funding mechanism: TL1, KL2, or ITMAT Scholarship
- Primary Mentor NIH biosketch and other support
- Transcripts — ONLY for predoctoral applicants — upload an unofficial transcript from your current graduate program issued to you from your institution's registrar
- Three letters of support from the applicant's:
- Primary mentor (send them the guidelines below)
- Secondary/co-mentor if applicable, or faculty member who can speak to your suitability for the MTR program and/or experience in research
- Third faculty member
- For KL2 applicants, this must be your division chief and /or department chair (send them the guidelines below)
- For all other postdoctoral applicants, choose another faculty member who can speak to your suitability for the MTR program and/or experience in research
- For all predoctoral applicants, choose another faculty member from undergraduate or graduate school
- Application Fee: $45 by credit card via CollegeNet
Creating a CollegeNet Account
- Create a CollegeNet account. After logging into CollegeNet, select “Online Application”.
- Enter your Personal Information. Save and continue to Program Information.
- Choose “Perelman School of Medicine Masters Programs”
- Post-doctoral MTR Applicants select: “Translational Research, MS, Post-doctoral applicants”
- Pre-doctoral MTR Applicants select: “Translational Research, MS, Pre-doctoral applicants”
- Select "Summer 2018" term.
- You can enter information in stages, at your own pace, and access the application any number of times until submission.
- Once the application has been fully submitted, check the status and note the receipt of recommendation letters.
Please note that the letters of support have specific guidelines:
Primary Mentor Letter Guidelines
The Mentor(s) letter of support should address the following:
- The commitment to mentor the candidate
- The suitability of the trainee's education objectives for stated career goals
- 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
- Mentor's prior experience mentoring in ITMAT programs and/or mentoring translational research trainees
*Entrepreneurial track: include relevant experience as an innovator
Division Chief/Department Chair (KL2 ONLY)
The Division Chief or Department Chair letter of support should address the following:
- Commitment of the division/department to the scholar, his/her research direction and his/her career goals
- Guarantee of 80% protected time for the scholar
- Other funding available to the applicant; include # of years of support available (K12, dept support, etc), please be specific
- Availability of resources for the mentor and scholar
- The relevance of the research to the department/division research goals
- Prior experience with trainees in ITMAT programs and/or translational research
Applications received after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered.
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