Information for Prospective TL1 Trainees

A Request for Applications (RFA) for the TL1 program was released on September 18, 2017 with a deadline of November 10, 2017 and a tentative appointment start date of March 1, 2018. The RFA can be found here, and has been distributed throughout departments in the Feinberg School of Medicine and external universities. 

Instructions for the application can be found here. 

Northwestern University and the TL1 program are committed to identifying and implementing ways to create and support a diverse and inclusive campus community. As the TL1 strives for diversity of scientific discipline, we also strive for a community of fellows and mentors from different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. Those belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in research education and training (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities) are strongly encouraged to apply to this program.

See the research being conducted by our current trainees for examples of funded projects.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be either 1) a clinical postdoctoral fellow pursuing training in child and adolescent health who desires to complement their clinical insight with research skills learned from mentors with diverse backgrounds, or 2) PhD postdoctoral scholars from engineering and basic, scientific disciplines (possible areas of research include: bioengineering, informatics, population science, health services research, materials science, operations research, imaging, signal processing and analysis, gaming theory, and communication disorders) who desire to apply their discipline to a project in child and adolescent health.
  • Fellows must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a PhD, MD, DDS, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • All appointed fellows incur a service payback obligation for the first 12 months of support. The second year of the award will serve to pay back the obligation.
  • Appointment requires a 40 hours/week commitment to their training/research/associated career development activities.
  • Appointees must not have received more than 5 years of aggregate NRSA support (training grants or fellowships) at the predoctoral level or 3 years of support at the postdoctoral level.
  • Candidate mentors must have sufficient independent research support or institutional commitment to cover the costs of the proposed research project in excess of the TL1 support. 
  • Candidates from outside of Northwestern are invited to apply, but must have an identified mentor at the time of application. Please contact Bill Schnaper, MD, with questions or for help identifying a faculty mentor. 

The selection criteria listed below evaluates applications on a 9-point scale:

  • Overall impact
  • Candidate
  • Career development plan/career goals & objectives/plan to provide mentoring
  • Research plan
  • Mentor(s)/Consultant(s)/Collaborator(s)
  • Environment and institutional commitment to the candidate

Trainees will receive a number of resources. A few of these include:

  • Living stipend in line with current NRSA levels
  • Limited travel and tuition expenses
  • Mentor matching
  • Team Science Training