Applications are open annually November 1 – 11:59 PM February 20 for a June start date.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will not be considered as complete until all supporting documents have been submitted.

Program eligibility

  • Applicants must be citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or permanent residents and enrolled in a doctoral degree program in medicine or other allied health profession.
  • Students enrolled in a dual Doctoral/Bachelor’s degree program must complete 120 credit hours in their degree program prior to beginning their TL1 appointment. PhD and MSTP MD/PhD students are eligible to participate in the Two-Year Research Core.

Mentor approval

Applicants must establish a relationship with the proposed mentor prior to submission of the TL1 Program application. Applicants may not select a mentor without prior approval from that mentor. Suggested mentors may be found in the CRTC Mentor Profiles.

It is possible to identify and select a mentor that is not currently on the mentor list for One-Year Research Core (Intensive) or Two-Year Research Core (Standard) Training Program.

All Washington University faculty may serve as mentors for TL1 Summer Predoctoral Program. If preferred mentor is not listed for you to select during the application process, please email us at crtcpredoc@wustl.edu.

Mentor requirements and eligibility

A mentor must meet following requirements in order to be considered for approval:

  • Documented success as a clinical or translational researcher (CRT) investigator.
  • Current and past independent and collaborative pre-reviewed funding (i.e., RO1) for their research.
  • National or international reputation as a CTR investigator
  • Experience with study sections, participation in training grants, national advisory councils, CTR networks, regulatory science, or industry.
  • Proven ability to disseminate research.
  • Record of mentoring trainees.
  • Interest, resources, and time to mentor CTR trainees
  • Willingness to participate in TL1 program development and evaluation
  • Ensuring representation of diverse disciplines that reflect the thematic focus of the TL1, women, and URMs

A mentor may be approved only after the program director has received and reviewed the mentor’s Biosketch, Other Support Form and Trainee Table. Please send supporting mentor documents to crtcpredoc@wustl.edu. We encourage faculty who may not satisfy the above criteria and who, nevertheless, wish to mentor TL1 Intensives (One-Year Research Core) and Standards (Two-Year Research Core) to partner with a mentor who will be approved by NIH. We have used this mentoring team method in the past with great success for both the trainees and junior mentors.

Application materials

In addition to the materials detailed below, applicants must submit:

  • The online application form. Applicants must complete and submit the online application form before the supporting documents may be uploaded. This includes the Mentor Letter of Support and the Recommendation Letter.
  • Applicants must upload a copy of their updated Resume; a current Curriculum Vitae is also acceptable.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts from the program in which they are currently enrolled. Unofficial copies are acceptable
1. Mentor Letter of Support

Proposed mentors are required to submit a letter of support prior to the application deadline.

Upon completion of the online application form, an email will be automatically generated to the mentor with guidelines and instructions for submitting the required letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the identified mentor has received the email. The online application site provides applicants with a checklist on which they may view confirmation of the documents that have been uploaded to their application.

Mentor letters must:

  • Be uploaded by the mentor, not the applicant
  • Include the mentor’s signature
  • Be submitted on the mentor’s letterhead
2. Recommendation Letter

The application requires one person of reference to upload a letter of recommendation. Upon submission of the online application form, an email will be automatically generated to the person of reference with guidelines and instructions regarding how to upload the required letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the identified reference has received the email. The online application site provides applicants with a checklist on which they may view confirmation of the documents that have been uploaded to their application. The letters of recommendation must be uploaded by the reference, not the applicant.

3. Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a personal statement outlining their career development goals, research interests, and reasons for applying to the program. Statements should be no more than 500 words.

4. Research Proposal (Intensive & Standard Program ONLY)

Intensive and Standard applicants must also submit a five-page research proposal (research proposal guidelines) as part of the application.