Awards, Scholarships, & Fellowships


CTSI's educational efforts are consolidated under the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). The ICRE offers a variety of educational, training, and career development programs designed to enhance understanding of, and promote careers in, clinical and translational research.

ICRE Career Development and Training Awards

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Scholars Program (KL2)

The CTS-KL2 is a highly competitive program for junior faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. The program offers 75% salary support for up to five years to provide protected time to conduct preliminary research for a career development award. Scholars are expected to apply for a K award or another career development award in the first year of the program.

The KL2 Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program for junior faculty, offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), is a multidisciplinary career development program supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) through the KL2 mechanism. This highly competitive program offers 75% salary support for five years to provide protected time to conduct preliminary research for a career development award. Scholars are expected to apply for a K Award or another career development award in the first year of the program.

The program seeks to:

  • provide rigorous didactic training that encompasses a broad spectrum of research methodologies, technologies, concepts and research tools
  • immerse scholars in multidisciplinary research and provide teaching in leadership, management, and team building
  • provide multidisciplinary mentoring and career guidance and experiences in the conduct of clinical and translational research from conceptualization to completion
  • guide scholars in the development and submission of competitive grant applications, thereby helping them secure research funding to become successful independent clinical researchers

For more information, visit the KL2 Program Page at the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE).


Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1)

The TL1 Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship is a translational research training program for pre- and post-doctoral students who find innovative ways to advance research from the initial discovery through improved patient outcomes and health policy. The TL1 Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship, offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), provides a stipend and partial tuition support for at least one year of multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. Both pre- and post-doctoral students are eligible for the TL1 CTS Fellowship.

Pre-doctoral Candidates

  • must commit to at least one year of full-time mentored research (could be reappointed)
  • must have received a baccalaureate degree by the start of their NRSA trainee appointment
  • cannot be supported by other federal funds

Post-doctoral Candidates

  • must have a research or clinical doctorate, including clinical fellows and residents
  • must commit to at least one year of training and research (could be reappointed)
  • must have received a PhD, MD, DDS, PharmD, DNP, ScD, DrPH, or comparable degree by the start of their NRSA trainee appointment

Throughout the TL1 program, pre- and post-doctoral Fellows engage in coursework and research, as well as conduct one or more translational research projects under the mentorship of a multidisciplinary team comprised of exceptional scientists. The overarching goal is to speed the translation of discoveries and improve the efficiency with which these discoveries are implemented in practice.

For more information, visit the TL1 Program Page.


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