Mentored Clinical Scientists Career Development (MICHR K) award is a two-year award to provide protected time for a clinician scientist to focus on conducting clinical research. The program is supported by a combination of funds from MICHR and the candidate's base department. The faculty lead for this program is Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP.

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The application deadline is in early March, with letter of intent due in December.  The program runs 2 years, beginning June 1.

We will accept applications for 2016 admissions beginning in October.

Awardees receive:

  • 75% (50% for surgical subspecialties) protected time
  • Salary for protected time cost-shared (37.5% from MICHR and 37.5% from their base department)
  • $25,000 for research costs and $5,000 for tuition expenses annually
Applications follow the K23 application format and require:
  • A plan for training and career development
  • A clinical research proposal intended to lead to future clinical trials
  • A description of a strong mentoring arrangement
  • A specific budget with budget justification
MICHR K Scholars have:
  • Access to seminars and workshops in clinical and translational research methodology
  • Access to the MICHR Post-doctoral Career Development Seminar
  • Assistance in the selection of appropriate specialized courses
  • Guidance for the trainee’s scientific research from a multidisciplinary mentoring team
  • Individualized career development guidance from MICHR faculty
  • Consultation with MICHR professional staff on clinical research conduct and grant proposal development, including the scholars' own K-series award
  • National exposure through participation in the Association of Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"It provides a great stepping stone to establishing your research career and the opportunity to work with mentors to develop your science."

-Madhuri Kakarala, MD, PhD, RD

Who is eligible?

  • To ensure that applicants prepare competitive proposals, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact us as soon as they decide to apply for the MICHR K
  • Eligible applicants hold an MD or PhD with a clinical or health focus
  • University of Michigan junior faculty and mid-career health care professionals initiating careers in clinical research are encouraged to apply
  • Candidates must be nominated and obtain a funding commitment by their department chair and display clear potential for academic success
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent resident


Call or email:
Shannon Marshall-Wilhelm
Admissions Coordinator

Program Director
Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP
(College of Pharmacy) 

Program Administrator
Lise Anderson, MPH



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