RFA for Predoctoral Training in Clinical and Translational Science

We are pleased to announce a request for applications from predoctoral Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Nursing, and Biomedical PhD students at Penn who are interested in pursuing either a certificate or a master's degree in clinical and translational science with funding provided by the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT).

CTSA TL1 Predoctoral Training Grant

ITMAT Scholarship

Application deadline for funding beginning July 1, 2020 is October 25, 2019.


The purpose of these programs is to provide formal structured research training for individuals 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 processes.

Individuals are supported while they:

  1. Engage in a research project
  2. Complete the Master of Science in Translational Research (MSTR) degree program or the Certificate Program

Trainees may choose from a range of concentrations: Discovery, Translational Therapeutics, Regulatory Science, Bioinformatics, and Entrepreneurial Science.

 Applicants are encouraged to contact Rachel McGarrigle, Director of Education,
to discuss their learning objectives and career goals.

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Positions are open to Penn students in the MD, DMD, VMD, or PhD programs.

  • Applicants to the TL1 award must be US citizens or have permanent resident status.
  • If you have other funding under review or awarded at the time of application up until appointment, please notify us to discuss eligibility.

- Medical students should apply in their third year of medical school and are only eligible for the MSTR degree.
- Dental students should apply in their second year of dental school. DMD students should first seek guidance from their academic advisor before considering an application.
- PhD students should apply after their candidacy examination and have approval from their graduate group chair before applying.

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Available Funding

  • TL1 appointees will receive $20,500 toward tuition and a stipend (prorated, paid monthly, during year 1 of the program) of $24,816 (by NIH policy, subject to change).
  • ITMAT Tuition Scholarships may be awarded to MSTR students.

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Apply Now!

Only one application is required for both the chosen educational program and associated funding awards. All eligible applicants who apply during the fall application cycle are considered for funding awards.

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If you have any questions, please contact:
Director of Education, Rachel McGarrigle, MSEd
Program Director, Emma Meagher, MD

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