Master of Science in Translational Research
Only one application is required for both the MTR and ITMAT Funding. Applications are typically due each October for the following July. Contact us to learn more.
- 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 who can speak to your suitability for the MTR program and/or experience in research
- 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
- For all predoctoral applicants, choose another faculty member from undergraduate or graduate/medical 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
- Add an appendix: Mentor's biosketch
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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