TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program


The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences.

Applications are open November 1 – February 20 for a June start date.

A potential mentor list can be found on the People page.

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

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

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 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.

Predoctoral Programs:

  • Summer Predoctoral Program Two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31
  • Intensive Predoctoral Program Twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year
  • Standard Predoctoral Program 1 – 3 year (9 month minimum) appointment concurrent with the student’s doctoral degree program.

Skills Trainees Will Learn:

  • Design and conduct clinical research
  • Analyze data
  • Consider relevant ethical and legal issues
  • Write manuscripts and grants
  • Develop and present scientific posters
  • Compete for research funding
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