Postdoctoral Translational Scholar Program


What is this service?

The Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) is a multidisciplinary career development award designed to prepare individuals with a PhD in a biomedical or social science or engineering discipline for independent careers in translational research. The program invites a broad array of scientists from disciplines across the university to apply.

The PTSP is tailored to the individual's research training needs, but includes the opportunity to pursue a variety of educational offerings. Scholars are required to complete a translational research project, and will have a cross-disciplinary mentoring team to assist them with the research project and with career development.

The $85,000 award funding can be used over 2 years to support the individual's salary, career development, and research activities. PTSP scholars will be expected to commit 50-75% of full-time effort to the program.

PTSP scholars have access to a wide variety of benefits:

  • Seminars and workshops in clinical and translational research methodology

  • MICHR Studio - a Postdoctoral Career Development Seminar

  • Research and career development guidance from a multidisciplinary mentoring team

  • National exposure through participation in the Association of Clinical and Translational Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Applications follow the K23 application format.  Requirements include: a translational research proposal intended to lead to future impact on human health or behavior, a plan for training and career development, a description of a strong mentoring plan, a specific budget with budget justification, and letters of support.

Who can use this service?

Postdoctoral scholars who are interested in obtaining additional career development and training in translational research should consider applying to PTSP. The PTSP fellowship is intended for those who wish to expand their training from basic science into translational research. Applicants should hold a PhD and be a postdoctoral fellow pr research investigator at the University of Michigan.

At what stage in my research should I contact MICHR about this service?

When you are ready to advance your research into a translational project in preparation for an independent research career and are in need of protected time to focus on your career development, you should consider applying for the PTSP. To ensure that applicants prepare competitive proposals, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact us as soon as they decide to apply for the PTSP.

Applications are due October 1, 2019 for the 2020-2022 cohort.

How much does this service cost?

There is no cost for this service. The cost pricing/recharge rates for this and other MICHR services are available here.


Still have a question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions or view the application.

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