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ICTS Pre-doctoral TL-1 Scholars Training Program

The UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) is pleased to announce the continuation of our NIH-funded pre-doctoral (TL-1) training program. The "Crossing Boundaries" training program is designed to integrate training in clinical research and translational science into the core curriculum of students in medicine, public health, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical and social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and informatics.

We are now inviting applications for one pre-doctoral ICTS TL-1 Scholar. Scholars are expected to fully engage with the mentoring and academic monitoring opportunities provided by the ICTS and will receive a stipend, fees and tuition, and research and travel funds from the ICTS.

Applicants should be currently enrolled in either the M.D. or Ph.D. degree programs. Medical students will be required to devote a year fully to mentored translational research, extending the duration of their M.D. degree experience by a year during which they may pursue a master's degree or certificate program in an area relevant to the mission of ICTS.

Each medical trainee will be eligible for tuition and fees remission up to $21,000 and non-medical graduate student trainee will be eligible for up to $16,000 in tuition and fees. In addition, each pre-doctoral trainee will receive up to $20,772 in stipend, $1,000 for travel support, and up to $4,200 in trainee related expenses.

To apply for the ICTS TL-1 Scholar position applicants must submit the following:

  1. Personal Statement describing why you want to do research (Limit to 1,000 words)
  2. NIH BioSketch
  3. Research Plan Title (Limit 300 characters, including spaces)
  4. Research Plan Summary (Limit 250 words)
  5. Research Plan (Limit 3,000 words) consisting of three sections:
    1. Description of Research Question
    2. Background and Key Literature
    3. Study Design/Research Plan (work closely with mentor to write)
    4. Bibliography (Not included in the word count)
  6. A completed Mentor's and (co-mentor, where applicable) Endorsement, including the mentor’s NIH-style Bio-sketch. The list of available mentors is available online: ICTS Faculty Mentors. Applicants may also propose faculty mentors who are not on the list.
  7. Letters of recommendations from at least two faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s credentials and work. NIH Biographies of the referees are also required.
  8. Transcripts (professional school transcripts only, not undergraduate transcripts)
  9. Dean's Letter or a letter from a designate of the Dean (The Dean or a designate should comment on your potential for scholarly achievement, elaborating, where appropriate, on such matter as scientific knowledge, performance as a student in independent study or in research-participation programs and ability to make sound judgments. In addition, the dean may describe pertinent personal characteristics such as perseverance, persistence in the face of obstacles, creativity, independence and motivation)

Full applications are due on June 4, 2012 by 5PM. All application documents must be submitted online at www1.icts.uci.edu/awards. Questions should be directed to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome on or before July 1, 2012.