OSLER TL1 Opportunity

The OCTRI Education Program is now accepting applications from predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for a TL1 mentored career development award funded by NIH/NCATS. Graduate or professional students and postdoctoral trainees at OHSU, Portland State University, University of Oregon and Oregon State University are eligible to apply.

Register intent to apply: March 29, 2019
Application deadline: April 15, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Anticipated appointment start date: July 1 or September 1, 2019
Intent to apply is non-binding and meant to facilitate the request for letters of recommendation in a timely manner.

This TL1 supports training and career development in clinical and translational research for one year for professional (MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP) and PhD graduate students and Postdoctoral clinical (MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP) and research fellows with an opportunity to extend to up to 3 years of training.  All research proposed for this program must involve either clinical or translational research defined as involving human subjects or populations, or research that has application to human health.

This program is funded from a TL1 grant to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and is similar to an NRSA T32.


The OSLER (Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research) TL1 provides training in clinical and translational research including basic science, behavioral science, social science, and public health.  It supports students and fellows engaged in research involving humans or populations, or have direct relevance to human health, disease, or disability.

  • Professional students (MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP) must enroll in the OHSU Master of Clinical Research degree which can be completed in one year while engaged in research full time.
  • For PhD graduate students, the TL1 program is intended to complement their graduate training and dissertation research.  For graduate students, a faculty member with clinical or translational expertise should be added to their dissertation advisory committee.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are expected to be engaged in translational research at least 75% of the time.

All trainees are required to participate in education to acquire competencies of clinical and translational research.  These include: quantitative science (biostatistics, study design), data management, academic leadership (program management, team science), scientific writing and data presentation, and research proposal development.  This may be completed at the student’s home institution or in the OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); most courses in the HIP program can be livestreamed to UO and OSU. Coursework to acquire competencies may be spread out over 2 years for PhD students and postdocs.

Graduate students from PSU, OSU and UO may consider spending a year in residence at OHSU in a lab or research group to facilitate extension of their research to include clinical and translational research.  This may create a new inter-institutional research alliance or center on an existing collaboration.

See the full RFA for summary of training activities available.

  • Annual stipend for predoctoral students at the NIH predoctoral career level at $24,816 (fiscal year 2019).  The individuals home department or university may supplement to the approved institutional level.
  • Postdoctoral stipend is set by the NIH and is based upon years of training completed.
  • Tuition and fee support
  • $4,200 towards major medical, dental insurance and student health service fees (must be for University sponsored insurance) for predoctoral trainees.  $8850 towards medical and dental coverage (through employer provided choices )for postdoctoral trainees.
  • No research support is available.
  • Award is for one year, but for PhD graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, may apply for up to 2 additional years of support, contingent upon progress and program participation.
  • Individuals selected to participate must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Certificate (I-151 or I-551) or other legal verification of admission for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for this program.  
Predoctoral Trainees:
  • Eligible students must be enrolled in a doctoral program at OHSU, PSU, UO and OSU including PhD, MD, DMD, DNP, or PharmD.
  • Students in professional programs (MD, DMD, DNP, PharmD) must take a year-out from their academic curriculum to participate in this research year.
  • Students in graduate PhD programs must complete their qualifying exam prior to receiving award.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and have the approval of their program to enroll in this TL1 program.
  • Trainees must commit full-time effort at the time of appointment.
  • The expected appointment to the OSLER TL1 is 12 months (minimum of 9 months).  NIH NRSA guidelines set a limit of 5 years (6 years if dual degree, i.e. MD/PhD) of total support for predoctoral training funding.  If you have had more than 4 years already, you may not be eligible.
Postdoctoral Trainees:
  • Eligible trainees must be current postdoctoral trainees or clinical trainees (advanced year residents, fellows) at OHSU, PSU, UO and OSU.  
  • Trainees must have the approval of their program director or department/division chair to enroll in the TL1 program.
  • Trainees must commit full-time effort at the time of appointment.  Clinical trainees may spend no more than 25% of FTE in clinical service.
  • All appointed fellows must agree to a service payback obligation for the first 12 months of support.  A second year of hte award will serve to meet the obligation requirement.
  • The minimum appointment to the OSLER TL1 is 12 months. NIH NRSA guidelines set a limit of 3 years of support total for postdoctoral training grant funding. If you have had more than 2 years of funding already, you may not be eligible.
Complete RFA
The complete RFA includes additional details about the submission process, eligibility, selection criteria and instructions regarding the letter of intent and full application.