The KL2 Career Development Awards Program provides high-quality, multidisciplinary training in clinical and translational research to promote the career development of future clinical investigators.

This program provides financial support and benefits that allow scholars to focus on mentored, multidisciplinary research, supplemented by applicable coursework.

This multidisciplinary program reserves one position each year for a St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) Scholar. The SLCH Scholar is selected specifically for this appointment based on a strong research project that addresses the needs of children and adolescents.


Letters of interest are due 6 weeks prior to application due dates.

Application deadlines: March 1st & September 1st

Program benefits

  • 75% of a KL2 Scholar’s salary (up to $75,000 per year)
  • Up to $25,000 per year in research funds and support for travel
  • Dedicated office space and research support
  • Scientific Leadership and Development (SLeD) Seminars
  • Support for travel to scientific meetings, such as the required annual Translational Science National Meeting
  • Graduate-level coursework available, including but not limited to: the Certificate in Clinical Investigation, the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), or the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
  • Participation in the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) KL2 Career Development Program may count toward the requirements of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Visit the LRP website for more information.

Other K Award Programs in the CRTC

K12 Career Development Award in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder

All research projects related to substance use or substance use disorder are encouraged to apply to the K12 Career Development Program in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder.

Paul Calabresi K12 Career Development Award in Clinical Oncology

All cancer-related projects are encouraged to apply to the Paul Calabresi K12 Career Development Award Program in Clinical Oncology. This K12 Program is designed to train a new generation of highly skilled investigators with specialized expertise who will be well prepared to lead cancer research. Learn more and apply!

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