Predoctoral Translational Research Training Program

We train predoctoral students in many key competencies required to fully participate on translational research teams.

Well-trained predoctoral students are essential to a workforce that uses team science to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside and then into the population. This process is called translational research. Translational scientists need to understand their research within the broader context of medicine and public health. They must also have the skills to communicate the significance of their work to team members in other fields.

To develop these skills, predoctoral training can no longer be isolated within a single discipline. Instead, researchers must learn early in their careers to appreciate others’ science.

The TraCS Predoctoral Translational Research Training Program will provide specialized training in many key competencies required to fully participate on translational research teams.

Initial appointment is 12 months. There will be a progress review at 10 months with an option for an additional year based on progress.


  • Train predoctoral students in the core competencies of clinical and translational science
  • Provide experiential opportunities for trainees to participate in clinical and translational science
  • Demonstrate the process of team mentoring to assist trainees with defining their career paths


Candidates must:

  • be currently enrolled in a graduate degree granting program leading to a research-oriented doctoral degree or a combined health-professional doctorate-masters degree at UNC. Traineeships are not for study leading to strictly a MD, DDS, PharmD or other professional clinical degree unless combined with a professional level doctorate.
  • have completed all required coursework for their doctoral programs and be pursuing research training on a full-time basis (defined by NIH as 40 hours per week). This means individuals are enrolled and engaged in writing the dissertation and in regular contact with the research advisor.
  • obtain permission from their dissertation chair if the trainee intends to receive funding as a graduate research assistant from another program. The trainee also must develop and submit to the TL1 leadership group a timeline for milestones for the TL1 demonstrating that the outside work will not interfere with the TL1 research.
  • be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence and have an Alien Registration Card (I-151 or I-551).


Please await new information on the status of this program. We will update this page as soon as possible.

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Predoctoral Program Components

Optional Experiences