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Postdoctoral Fellows/Junior Faculty

Now Accepting Applications

The SCTR KL2 award, available to eligible early career MUSC faculty, is accepting applications through May 3, 2024, @ 5:00 p.m.

SCTR KL2 Multidisciplinary Scholars Program in Clinical and Translational Science

The SCTR KL2 program equips scholars with a supportive environment, start-up research funds, and access to program faculty to provide expertise and guidance in conducting a clinical research project. This program is intended to train a multidisciplinary workforce of both clinical and non-clinical research scientists.

The KL2 aims to increase clinical research capacity and to transition early-stage investigators to an independent research career through a guided, mentored program that provides 75% protected time.

Scholars appointed to the KL2 program receive:

  • Didactic training to support their continued career progression.
  • Mentored support to develop an extramural grant application.
  • Professional development opportunities to support their transition to independent researchers.
  • Annual research funding and salary support.

Key Dates

Release Date: March 1, 2024

LOI Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024 (optional, but encouraged)

Application Deadline: May 3, 2024 @ 5:00 p.m.

Scholar Notification: June 2024

KL2 2024 RFA (PDF)

KL2 Impact by the numbers: 14 alumni, 93% hold academic positions, 79% are an associate professor or professor, 86% have extramural research funding

  • Salary support of up to $120,000 plus fringe
  • $25,000 in project funds to purchase research supplies and small equipment
  • $1,000 towards travel funds to attend a relevant scientific conference
  • Full-time faculty appointment at MUSC at the time of appointment
  • Rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of appointment
  • Health professional doctoral degree (or equivalent) – either clinical or non-clinical
  • Ability to commit 75% FTE for training and clinical research activities
  • Candidates must be starting basic, translational, and/or clinical research projects that are based in clinical and translational science.

Hannah Espeleta
Hannah Espeleta, Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
College of Nursing

Diana Layne
Diana Layne, RN, Ph.D.,
 Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
College of Nursing

Katherine Chetta
Katherine Chetta, M.D.,
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)   

Scholar Resources



Diana Lee-Chavarria 

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA

Workforce Training and Development Manager