Predoctoral students invited to apply to clinical and translational science training program

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is accepting applications for both a yearlong and a summer training program for predoctoral students interested in learning the fundamentals of translational science. These programs work to teach the next generation of scientists the skills to move research in the laboratory to benefit patients in the healthcare system.

The year-long Predoctoral TL1 Training Program in Clinical and Translational Science is a highly customizable, NIH-funded training program for MD/PhD or PhD students in health-related disciplines across Penn State. Medical students may also be eligible if they are on an official leave.

Scholars in the program work toward completion of a dual-title PhD in clinical and translational sciences, graduate certificate in translational science or master’s degree in public health sciences. Areas of emphasis include epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, bioethics and regulatory science, experimental design and interpretation, and scientific communication. Scholars also receive training in translational science tools including the i2b2 cohort discovery tool and REDCap secure electronic data capture tool.

Funding includes a 12-month stipend, 60 percent tuition and travel support. See detailed eligibility and how to apply here. Application deadline is Feb. 28.

The Summer Translational Science Fellowship Program is for MD and PhD students to learn both foundational skills, including clinical research design and data analysis, and professional skills, including communication and teamwork. Ten full-day classes in June and July provide examples of real-world clinical and translational research. Opportunities to practice skills are integrated throughout the program using case studies, simulations, computer based modules and small group discussions.

A three-month stipend is provided to cover the active learning program and related research time. Students must have a research project and mentor to apply. See detailed eligibility and how to apply here. Deadline to apply is March 15.

Applicants for both programs must be full-time students at Penn State, US citizens or permanent residents (per NIH policy) and have the support of a primary research mentor. For details, email Karen Shields at

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s mission is to help accelerate discoveries to benefit human health. Learn more about its programs and support to Penn State scientists here.