ACTRI TL1 Post-doctoral Fellowship

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The UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is offering a new mentored funded post-doctoral fellowship training opportunity. The goal of this two-year fellowship is to develop scholars' skills in advanced clinical and translational research. Through the ACTRI TL1 grant mechanism, two post-doctoral clinical and translational research fellowships will be supported for up to two years.

The didactic aspect of the fellowship will entail coursework at the ACTRI's Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program. Read details on the curriculum. Financial assistance will be provided to scholars with coursework tailored to the fellow's prior training and educational needs. Mentorship and experiential learning opportunities will bolster fellows' research experience.

Who is eligible?

At the time of application, candidates must have earned a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, PharmD, or equivalent), and typically have no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience. Subspecialty fellows who have completed their clinical training year are encouraged to apply. Fellows are selected based on interest in multi-disciplinary clinical or translational research, potential for an academic research career, mentoring and training plan, and excellence in their respective fields. Postdoctoral appointments will be through home departments.

Training Focus

The focus of this fellowship will be on cross-cutting areas in clinical and translational research. Candidates seeking experience in areas such as life course research, health disparities, team science and regulatory science are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, priority will be given to applicants seeking to train with multi-disciplinary collaborative groups in the following research areas:

  • Child health
  • Aging research
  • Immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases
  • Radiation medicine 
  • Personalized therapy in oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Genetics and human disease
  • Epidemiology and disease prevention
  • Imaging technology
  • Clinical informatics

Note that applicants may propose to work in fields other than those listed above.

Duration of Support

This is a fulltime, one-year UC San Diego appointment that is renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory completion of milestones set forth in the fellow's individual development plan. 

Amount of Support

It is anticipated that the amount of support for each scholar will be consistent with the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels.

Training Plan

Didactic Training: Fellows have the option to complete all or portions of the MAS curriculum during their first year of support (partial financial support is provided). For individuals with existing advanced clinical research-specific training (e.g., MPH or PhD in relevant translational field, such as biostatistics or epidemiology), may select individual course modules from the Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program.

Mentored Research Experience: Candidates will select primary (and secondary mentors, if applicable) whose expertise corresponds with their research and career interests. Applicants must have identified and obtained a letter of support from the mentor to be included in the application.

Experiential learning opportunities: Fellows may also be offered participatory roles in ACTRI clinical science administrative activities such as proposal review, clinical trial preparation, and project management. Experiential learning plans will reflect each fellow's research career goals.

Department and other activities: Fellowship applicants are encouraged to include training activities (symposia, seminars, journal clubs) through their home departments or in cross-cutting fields.

Evaluation of Progress

Fellows will meet regularly with their mentoring teams and develop a formal Individual Development Plan. Mentors will provide ongoing informal feedback regarding progress. In addition, formal evaluations of trainee progress will be conducted by the primary and secondary mentors and trainees will be required to submit progress reports during the fellowship period. 


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