TL1 Clinical and Translational Research Training Program

2013 TL1 Trainees

The TL1 Program is a one-year program designed for students working toward their medical, dental or pharmacy degrees who are willing to take a year off from their current program to pursue an academic career that encompasses research, with a broad and deep exposure to basic, clinical or education translational research. Students will develop the skills necessary to participate in clinical and translational research immediately upon entry into their clinical training. Students will graduate with a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree. However, students will graduate from their medical, dental and pharmacy program one year late.

TL1 trainees will:

  1. complete a Master of Science in Clinical Research
  2. actively engage in workshops and training opportunities designed to enhance research skills
  3. complete a mentored research project culminating in a published research article.


  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or legal admission into the U.S. as a permanent citizen
  • Predoctoral students in an MD, DO, DDS, or PharmD program at a Frontiers institution: University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, or Kansas City Area University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Willing to make a one year commitment (leave of absence) from current program to complete MS-CR coursework and participate in Frontiers sponsored or approved activities


  • Schedule an appointment: Talk over your research ideas and receive assistance in finding a mentor. Program directors require interested applicants to meet with them before submitting an application in order to discuss potential mentors. See the contact information on the upper right of this page.
  • Identify a mentor: One of the most important steps in applying to this program is to identify a research mentor. Trainees will receive help selecting a mentorship team that includes a clinician researcher and either a basic scientist or population/community health researcher. The mentor will have primary responsibility for working with the trainee on the research project. In addition to working on their MS-CR, TL1 trainees will spend much of their year working on their mentored research project.
  • Meet with mentors: Meet with mentors and identify a translational research project.
  • Talk with past TL1 trainees: See a list of previous trainees.


The application process is fully online and requires two separate steps.

STEP 1: Complete the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health MS-CR online application before the deadline. Also see the admission requirements and admission process details for the latest MS-CR application.

STEP 2: Submit the Frontiers TL1 Trainee Application before the deadline. Read more. The online application may be provided upon request. Please contact Beth Kerling ( for application details.

Additional application components to be submitted include:

  • Personal statement describing previous research experience and career objectives
  • One-page abstract/proposal for a mentored research project
  • Research Mentor Letter of Support - describes how the trainee will be integrated into the mentor's currently funded research efforts and how trainee will actively participate in a research project that will result in submission of a first-authored article by training year end. 
  • Research mentor's NIH biosketch.
  • Dean's Letter of Support - from the appropritate dean of current academic institution
  • One additional Letter of Support


Application Due Date: Will be announced during the next funding cycle


Applicants are notified of admissions decisions in March. Training year begins July 1. A new round of applications is typically announced each fall.


TL1 trainees receive:

  • Trainee stipend. The stipend is paid in monthly installments over the course of the scholarship.
  • Tuition remission (for MS-CR coursework)
  • Travel funds
  • Up to $4,200 to cover training-related expenses


See details on current and past TL1 Trainees


CTREC Director: Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH

Please contact:
Beth Kerling