CTSA TL1 Training Program for Pre-doctoral Students in Clinical and Translational Science

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023, 8am


The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Kentucky has funding, as part of our NIH CTSA award, to support the training of exceptional graduate students (i.e., MD, DMD, and PharmD students or PhD level graduate students) from any college at the University of Kentucky committed to developing careers as leaders of multidisciplinary research in Clinical and Translational Science  (CTS) are eligible to apply. 

Applications from underrepresented minorities and those with disabilities and/or having disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Six positions will be available with start dates between May 1- September 1, 2023.  


The NIH funded CCTS TL1 Predoctoral Training Program is a T32 program. The fundamental principal of this T32 program is to provide clinical/translational research training that is rigorous and effectively integrated with ongoing professional or graduate research programs. The T32 support will provide trainees access to: 

1)    A solid foundation in core research competencies.

2)    Discipline-specific training based on coursework.

3)    Research training at the cutting edge of the specific science.

Students will be expected to participate in bi-monthly Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) Seminars, present at the Spring CCTS Conference, attend a Responsible Conduct of Clinical Research Course and/or attend the Clinical and Research Ethics lecture series, and satisfy all NRSA requirements. Students not enrolled in the CCTS MS, CCTS PhD or, equal alternative program, such as the PharmD/PhD or Biostatistics/Epidemiology PhD, will be required to complete either the Graduate Certificate in CTS or other CTS course work including CPH 632 Fundamentals of Clinical Research, a grant writing course, a CTS Research Ethics Course and a Biostats course (3 credit hours minimum). 


Support Provided:

The T32 will provide salary support at NIH NRSA levels ($27,144 FY 2023), in-state tuition and up to $1,300 for travel expenses to the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) meeting to present research at this national career development meeting. Initial appointment will be for one year. Progress in the program will be reviewed annually. Contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program and adequate program funding, you may be supported for two years. 


Download the RFA below for complete details and application instructions.