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Postdoctoral Fellows/Junior Faculty

Since 2009, SCTR has offered mentored career development awards for junior faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) who are committed to a career in clinical and translational research. Two mechanisms exist: a NIH-funded KL2 program and a College of Medicine–funded K12 program. Both aim to increase clinical research capacity and to transition early-stage investigators to an independent research career through a supportive, mentored environment. Each mechanism provides for protected research experiences to enhance the development and retention of early-stage investigators. Scholars receive start-up funds, mentorship, and didactic learning experiences, as well as, access to SCTR services and program faculty and staff, who provide expertise and guidance in all aspects of clinical and translational research.

Our Impact

  • 18 alumni
  • 95% hold academic positions; 82% are Associate Professor or Professor
  • 94% have independent research funding

SCTR KL2 (K12) Multidisciplinary Scholars Program in Clinical and Translational Science

This program is intended to train a multidisciplinary workforce of both clinical and non-clinical research scientists. SCTR support provides 75% protected time for research for up to three junior faculty each year.

Current Scholars

Christine Cooper

Christine Cooper, M.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
College of Medicine

DeAnna Baker-Frost

DeAnna Baker Frost, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine

Addie Middleton

Addie Middleton, Ph.D., DPT, Assistant Professor
Department of Health Professions
College of Health Professions

Past Scholars (PDF)

How to Apply

College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12 Scholars Program

Designed to support the career development of scholars with a research or health professional doctoral degree. The college provides support for two junior faculty scholars each year.

Current Scholars

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia, M.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine

Elizabeth Kirkland

Elizabeth Kirkland, M.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)

Other Funding Opportunities for Junior Faculty

Additional Educational & Research Resources



Diana Lee-Chavarria

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager