COVID-19 Updates

Visit UC San Diego's Coronavirus portal for the latest information for the campus community.

ACTRI Seeks Applications for TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announced the call for applications for the 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The deadline for submissions is now closed.


ACTRI is offering a new mentored funded postdoctoral fellowship training opportunity. The goal of this fellowship is to develop scholars' skills in advanced clinical and translational research. The fellowship includes participation in career development seminars, a small budget for research and training expenses, and one year of an ACTRI-funded stipend to support post-doc salary. Fellows will have a total of one year of salary support from the ACTRI, and their departments will provide salary support for the additional one year.

The didactic aspect of the fellowship may entail coursework at the ACTRI's Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program. Read details on the curriculum. Financial assistance will be provided to scholars with coursework tailored to the fellow's prior training and educational needs. Mentorship and experiential learning opportunities will bolster fellows' research experience. Fellowships will begin as early as January 1, 2018.

Who is eligible?

At the time of application, candidates must have earned a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, PharmD, or equivalent), and typically have no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience. MD subspecialty fellows who have completed their clinical training year are especially encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Fellows are selected based on interest in multi-disciplinary clinical or translational research, potential for an academic research career, mentoring and training plan, departmental support, and excellence in their respective fields. Postdoctoral appointments will be through home departments. Postdoctoral appointments will be through home departments.

Per NIH requirements, all fellows must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Non-permanent residents may apply, but must have permanent residencies by the time of initiation of ACTRI funding.

Per NIH requirements, no individual can receive more than three years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of Kirschstein-NRSA support from institutional research training grants and individual fellowships. As an NIH-funded TL1-type award, the ACTRI fellowship is included in this three-year limit, as are all T32 training grants. Applicants and their mentors should be aware that prior appointments to T32s or other training grants will affect eligibility for the fellowship. Applicants are invited to email for instructions on how to determine eligibility, as well as special circumstances in which exceptions to the three-year limit may be requested.

Training Focus

The focus of this fellowship will be on cross-cutting areas in clinical and translational research. Candidates seeking experience in areas such as life course research, health disparities, team science and regulatory science are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, priority will be given to applicants seeking to train with multi-disciplinary collaborative groups in the following research areas:

  • Child health
  • Aging research
  • Immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases
  • Radiation medicine 
  • Personalized therapy in oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Genetics and human disease
  • Epidemiology and disease prevention
  • Imaging technology
  • Clinical informatics

Note that applicants may propose to work in fields other than those listed above.

Duration of Support

The duration of the fellowship is a total of two years, including one year of ACTRI-supported stipend. The fellow's department must also commit to supporting the fellow's stipend for a full year. 

Amount of Support

The amount of ACTRI support for each scholar will be consistent with the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels. Departmental support will be determined with department personnel. In the event of gaps between NRSA stipend levels and the fellow's salary, the department will be responsible for supplementing.

In addition to stipend support, ACTRI will also support up to $8,000 to enroll in didactic training, or for research/career-related workshop presentations. These expenses must be incurred during the ACTRI stipend-supported year. During the department-supported year, ACTRI will provide up to $8,000 in vouchers for enrollment in the CREST program.

Training Plan

Didactic Training: Fellows have the option to complete all or portions of the MAS curriculum during their first year of support (partial financial support is provided). For individuals with existing advanced clinical research-specific training (e.g., MPH or PhD in relevant translational field, such as biostatistics or epidemiology), may select individual course modules from the CREST program.

Mentored Research Experience: Candidates will select primary (and secondary, if applicable) mentor whose expertise corresponds with their research and career interests. Applicants must have identified and obtained a letter of support from the mentor to be included in the application.

Experiential learning opportunities: Fellows may also be offered participatory roles in ACTRI clinical science administrative activities such as proposal review, clinical trial preparation, and project management. Experiential learning plans will reflect each fellow's research career goals.

Seminar Series: Fellows are encouraged to participate in ACTRI's Career Development/Communication monthly seminar series

Department and other activities: Fellowship applicants are encouraged to include training activities (symposia, seminars, journal clubs) through their home departments or in cross-cutting fields.

Evaluation of Progress

Fellows will meet regularly with their mentoring teams and develop a formal Individual Development Plan. Mentors will provide ongoing informal feedback regarding progress. In addition, formal evaluations of trainee progress will be conducted by the primary and secondary mentors, and trainees will be required to submit progress reports during the fellowship period. 

To Apply 

To receive a full application package or if you have questions, please send an email.

Frequently Asked Questions