Post-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)2020-10-02T12:05:03-04:00

The Indiana CTSI provides funding for its special Post-doctoral Training Award in Translational Research.

  • These awards are designed to provide promising postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in translational research.
  • Translational research is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions to improve the health of individuals and the public.
  • Emphasis of these awards is to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research (T1) to the development of new treatment options/interventions or clinical trials (T2) to dissemination/clinical implementation (T3) to studying population health outcomes/health metrics (T4).
  • The goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages.
  • It is important that the proposed research has clear applications to human disease and health outcomes.

Post-doctoral Training Award eligibility requirements

Criteria for applications include:

  • Candidates must have received a PhD or equivalent degree and have less than 36 months combined experience as a post-doctoral fellow at any academic institution or industry
  • Per NIH policy, no individual trainee may receive more than three years of aggregate Kirchstein-NRSA support at the post-doctoral level
  • Candidates must identify co-mentors from two different disciplines
  • Candidates’ research should be translational in nature
  • Candidates must be a US citizen or permanent residence

What are the benefits?

Post-doctoral Training Awardees receive:

  • Salary support
  • Health insurance
  • Monies for research supplies
  • Travel funds to attend the annual national meeting of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program in Washington, D.C., in April*

*Note that trainees are required to attend the national CTSA meeting in Washington, D.C., and to present a poster about their work at the Indiana CTSI’s Annual Meeting in September.

How to apply

Applications for the Post-doctoral Training Award are due in November* and awards begin April 1 the following year. The award is for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon review and demonstration of satisfactory progress. Pre-screening to ensure eligibility to apply is strongly encouraged.

*The next opportunity to apply for a TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Research will be November 2021. Normally two new TL1 postdoctoral awards become available each spring. As a consequence of two of our first year trainees transitioning to other awards or employment opportunities in spring 2020, their slots were filled with new trainees. This means four new TL1 postdoctoral fellowships, for a period of two years, were awarded in spring 2020. There will be no new slots becoming available in spring of 2021 and a funding announcement will not be posted this fall.

Questions? Contact Patricia McGuire at or 317-278-2824.

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