Pre-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)2020-10-02T12:02:52-04:00

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

  • These awards are designed to provide promising predoctoral students 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.

Pre-doctoral Training Award eligibility requirements

Criteria for applications include:

  • Candidates must have completed at least one year of a pre-doctoral training program, but they cannot have completed more than their third year (i.e., applicants must be in the second or third year of their pre-doctoral program when they apply).
  • Co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a non-clinician scientist).
  • Research that is translational in nature and takes advantage of the synergism that comes from working at this basic/clinical interface.
  • Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents.

What are the benefits?

Pre-doctoral Training Awardees receive:

  • Annual stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Partial tuition remission
  • 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 their work at several Indiana CTSI pre-doctoral gatherings during the academic year.

How to Apply

Applications for the Pre-doctoral Training Award are due in November and awards begin July 1 the following year. The award is for two years(renewable at the end of year one with satisfactory progress).

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

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