Postdoctoral Fellows/Junior Faculty

SCTR offers two mentored career development programs for junior faculty to enhance the development and retention of early career investigators: an 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 guided, mentored program.

KL2/K12 Impact By the Numbers



95 %

Hold Academic Positions

82 %

Associate Professor or Professor

94 %

Research Funded Independently

SCTR KL2 (K12) 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.

Eligible candidates are junior faculty with doctoral-level professional degrees who are committed to a career in clinical and translational research. KL2 scholars must devote a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort. Appointments are for 2 years (24 months) with the option of a third year dependent on progress.

For more information about the KL2, including program requirements and timeline, please review the KL2 Program FAQs (PDF).

How do I apply for the KL2 program?

The application process has two steps:
1) Obtain a Study ID for the proposed research in SPARCRequest (, and
2) Submit the application and all required materials in InfoReady. No application materials should be uploaded in the SPARCRequest system.

For more detailed information on how to apply, including the information that needs to be included with the application, please review the following documents:

Request for Applications (RFA) (PDF)
Application FAQs (PDF)
Step-by-Step Application Instructions (PDF)

RFA Release Date: March 13, 2020
Application Deadline: May 29, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.
Notification: June 2020
Appointment Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022

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)

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.

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)


Scholar Resources



Diana Lee-Chavarria

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager