Center for Education and Career Development (CECD)

The Center for Education and Career Development (CECD) is the home of Northwestern University’s education and career development activities, and collaborates across Northwestern and our clinical partners to train the entire spectrum of the translational research workforce. Since 2008, CECD has developed and implemented over 14 programs to train a highly skilled research workforce including early career faculty, post-doctoral fellows, scholars, trainees and clinical research professionals.

The Center includes the Multidisciplinary Mentored Career Development Program (KL2), a multi-disciplinary post-doctoral training program (TL1), two graduate programs, a robust Mentor Development Program, workshops and seminars for early career faculty at Northwestern and training programs for clinical research coodinators and study site staff.


“CECD is committed to accelerating the translation of research discoveries to improve human health through education and career development. We provide programs to all members of multidisciplinary research teams with the knowledge and skills to perform high quality research in an efficient and effective manner. We’ve made significant strides in enhancing our programs and courses to better fit the education and career development needs of an evolving translational research workforce and I am confident we can help advance your research career.”

Michael Fleming, MD, MPH
Associate Director for NUCATS CECD 
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine

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The leadership and governance structure of CECD.

Education Programs

Detailed information about CECD programs available to investigators, post-doctoral fellows, early career faculty and clinical research professionals.

Success Stories

Find out more about how investigators and research professionals have benefitted from CECD programs.


Read articles about CECD's work and impact.