Junior Faculty Career Development Program (KL2)

OVERVIEWKL2 Symposium presenter

This postdoctoral training program provides the protected time, formal training, mentorship, and applied research experiences necessary for junior faculty to obtain independent funding and to develop successful academic careers. Specifically, KL2 scholars will receive a mentored research experience, formal training in clinical and translational research methods, and research support. 

Scholars will devote at least 75% of their time to pursue a personally tailored course of study dependent on that scholar's prior research experience and needs. Support will last up two to three years to allow completion of any coursework and a research project. Scholars are expected to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and submit applications for independent funding.


  • Clinical doctorate, PhD, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident
  • Faculty appointment at a Frontiers affiliate institution
  • Departmental/institutional commitment to provide 25 percent salary support, laboratory space, a research start-up package and 75 percent protected effort for the scholar to direct toward the KL2 program. (Clinicians in certain specialties who need to maintain procedural skills may be allowed to commit only 50 percent effort to research, but then would need 50 percent support from their department or school)
  • No prior role as PD/PI on a R01, R29 or subproject of a Program Project, Center grant, independent mentored career development (K-series) grants or other PHS equivalent research grant except R03 and R21.

Openings in the KL2 program occur on a sporadic basis. Requests for applications will be distributed widely at least three months prior to any application deadline. Next application cycle is anticipated in 2015.

Prioritized based on academic record, written statements, departmental commitment and mentor qualifications. Applicants will be notified of award decisions in December.


  • Salary support (up to 75 percent protected time for mentored research and training)
  • Research support for pilot projects
  • Tuition support
  • Travel support

See details on past KL2 Scholars