Frontiers Scholars Program

CRCP participant

Frontiers offers the Frontiers Scholars Program for post-doctoral and junior faculty with protected research time. This program is designed to provide tuition remission for coursework and mentorship to enhance research training. The Frontiers Scholars Program is a two-year program to assist in funding the scholar's coursework in clinical and translational research.


1. Enroll in formal coursework. If desired, training may result in:

2. Actively engage in workshops and training opportunities to enhance research skills.
3. Complete a mentored research project culminating in a published research article.
4. In addition to tuition remission, Frontiers Scholars will be eligible to apply for a variety of funding opportunities, including Frontiers pilot awards and extra-mural awards.


  • Post-doctoral fellow or junior faculty (MD, DO, DDS, PhD, PharmD, or equivalent)
  • Currently employed by a Frontiers institution
  • Departmental protected time for research training


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

STEP 1: For accessing formal coursework, complete an application with the appropriate department.

STEP 2: For obtaining training support, submit the Frontiers Scholars Trainee Application no later than 30 days before the start of classes for the fall, spring or summer semesters. Please contact Beth Kerling ( for application details. Components to be submitted with the Frontiers Scholars Trainee Application include:

  • Transcripts: from every college or university that an applicant has attended.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement: Please provide a personal statement summarizing your past research training and background, research interests and short and long-term career goals, including information on:
    • Background and research training: Past scientific history, clinical and translational research and/or clinical training experience.
    • Research interests: These should highlight consistent themes or challenges that have guided previous clinical and translational research work; if an applicant's work has recently examined themes or models that are different than the previous work, the reasons for the change should be provided.
    • Short and Long-Term Career Goals: These should outline an applicant's short-term and long-term career goals, including a paragraph indicating how the award will fit into developing or expanding your clinical and translational research career.
  • Research plan: Please provide a brief description of the study questions and methods.
  • Letters of recommendation (primary mentor, secondary mentor -- if applicable)
  • A copy of the NIH Biosketch of the applicant's primary mentor.
  • Letter of support from the applicant's department/division director agreeing to give the applicant protected time to take coursework and complete a research project.


  • Degree seeking KU Medical Center student applications due date: February 1, 5 p.m. CST.
  • Degree seeking KU Medical Center MPH student application due date: March 1.
  • Non-degree seeking KU Medical Center student applications due date: 30 days before the start of classes for each semester (fall, spring, summer)
  • UMKC degree-seeking student application due dates.


Frontiers Scholars receive tuition support to procure skills needed to advance careers in clinical or translational research. Scholars are expected to acknowledge Frontiers NIH grant support in each publication or presentation arising from any research project that used any Frontiers resource. Citation language may be found at:


CTREC Director: Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH