Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP)

The Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) is a multidisciplinary career development award designed to prepare individuals with a PhD in a biomedical science or social science discipline for independent careers in translational research. The program invites a broad array of scientists from many disciplines to apply. It also invites applicants interested in several specific areas of research training including organogenesis, injury prevention and metabalomics.  View the 2014 PTSP cohort.

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The PTSP is tailored to the individual's research training needs, but includes the opportunity to pursue a variety of educational offerings such as a clinical immersion experience and didactic course work in regulation sciences, research ethics, biostatistics and/or specialty electives related to the person’s field of interest. Scholars are required to complete a translational research project. All scholars have a cross-disciplinary mentoring team to assist them with their career development and the research project. Award funding can be used to support the individual's salary, course work, and/or research activities. Postdoctoral Translational Scholars will be expected to commit 50-75% of full time effort to the program. Scholars can apply to the general PTSP and to any of the three theme based programs, if they choose: U-M Injury Center, Metabolomics Program, and Organogenesis.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals with a PhD who are interested in obtaining additional training in translational sciences
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Program provides trainees with a $100,000 career development award
  • Funding can be utilized over 2-3 years
  • The program runs June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016

Check here for frequently asked questions.


The application deadline is March 3.

The MICHR Scholars portal is a website for junior investigators currently funded by MICHR Education.  Scholars please click LOGIN on the left side of the page to enter.

Theme-based PTSP programs:

The Organogenesis PTSP program supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic science research background to translational organogenesis. Other requirements are 1) engage in the Center for Organogenesis; 2) participate in an interdisciplinary working group of two or more labs focused on organ-specific research; and 3) interact with one of the UMHS Destination Programs or similar clinical programs aligned along an organ system theme.

The Metabolomics  PTSP supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic research background to the emerging area of metabolomics in clinical or translational research. Potential areas of study include: interventional or epidemiological studies in human nutrition; human disease biomarker discovery; elucidation of metabolic pathways in human tissues in vitro or transplanted ectopically and evaluation of metabolism in response to disease, nutrients, drugs, environmental toxins or ionizing radiation.

The U-M Injury Center PTSP supports Ph.D. scholars trained in the fields of social science, public health, engineering, basic science, or computational science who are interested in conducting and translating injury research into practice and policy to reduce the burden of injury. Research on intentional and unintentional injury prevention and control will be supported. Potential areas of study include: transportation safety , substance abuse including prescription drug misuse and overdose, traumatic brain injury/ concussion/ or violence, such as child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, youth violence, community violence, or suicide. The relationship of injury to other public health issues, such as disparities, gender issues, health, race/ethnicity/culture, maternal/child health, mental health, and risk behavior, is also of interest.


"Through directed coursework and clinical activities, the PTSP has helped me discover important ways in which I can apply my research, and how to implement translational research projects."

-David Hsu, PhD



Call or email:

Shannon Marshall-Wilhelm
Admissions Coordinator

Program Director
Beth Moore, PhD (Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Microbiology and Immunology)

Program Administrator
Lise Anderson, MPH
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone: 734-998-7212
Fax: 734-998-7228


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