ITS Learning Banner

Application Instructions


For more pages, click the Navigation Menu above

Pre-doctoral Fellowship Opportunity
Request for Applications
NIH/NCATS TL1 Institutional Training Core (TL1TR001440)
“UTMB Clinical and Translational Science Award

January 15, 2020

Submission deadline:  February 14, 2020

The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) defines translation as the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes. Because of the complexity of the translational research pipeline, multidisciplinary team science is recognized as an essential vehicle for the efficient advancement of translational research to produce meaningful health outcomes. To effectively engage in team science, translational scientists not only need strong scientific discipline-specific knowledge and technical expertise, but also must be knowledgeable about essential skills and competencies for team-based science. The TL1 Training Core provides an opportunity for pre- and post-doctoral trainees to gain learner-level appropriate competency in team management, leadership, conflict resolution and negotiations, interprofessional communication, stakeholder engagement, entrepreneurship, and the regulatory/ethical issues associated with human-subjects research and clinical trials.

Positions Available:  Two predoctoral Fellowships are available for appointments beginning April 1, 2020. Each appointment will be for up to two years and include support for the trainee’s stipend, tuition/fees, and a small travel allowance to present research finds at a regional or national meeting. The second year of support will be contingent on a favorable evaluation of the trainee’s progress at the conclusion of the first year.

Eligibility: All student applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of appointment, have passed their program’s qualifying examination, and be in good academic standing. The ideal applicant will be working in a multidisciplinary research team environment with access to mentors with both scientific and clinical expertise. The faculty mentors of successful applicants, who are not currently affiliated with the UTMB Institute for Translational Science (ITS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) TL1 Training Core will be appointed to the Core’s list of faculty mentors.


Application Package Requirements

Student Specific:

  1. Research Proposal. Face Page (1 page), Specific Aims (1 page), Research Strategy (6 pages) including the subsections Significance, Innovation, and Approach.
  2. NIH BIOSKETCH. The Personal Statement should describe long-term career goal(s), past research experience, future training plan and goals, current research/training environment (i.e., roles of scientific and clinical mentors in training) and translational nature/significance of research project. Note: Translational Science covers a spectrum of research activities including: Basic, Pre-clinical, Clinical, Clinical Implementation and Public Health research. Predoctoral students working in any of these areas are encouraged to apply.
  3. LETTER OF NOMINATION. One letter, co-signed by both the primary scientific mentor and clinical co-mentor, addressing the applicant’s academic performance, research productivity, and potential for an independent research career.

Mentor and Co-Mentor specific: Note: Inclusion of a clinical co-mentor is required for all applicants.

  1. Current CURRICULUM VITAES from the applicant’s primary scientific mentor and clinical co-mentor.
  2. TraiNing EnvironmenT (1 page). Include a description of the research teams translational/clinical research interest; relationship to the UTMB ITS/Clinical and Translational Science Award if any; description of past and present mentoring experience including all PhD and/or MD/PhD students mentored, and readiness to support applicant’s efforts to present and publish research findings, as well as submit other extramural fellowship grant applications.

Deadline: February 14, 2020, 5 pm. Submit all documentation to:  Donna J Adams,

find-us-on-facebook-badge_422x121 ITS Logo New NT