Information for Prospective KL2 Scholars


The KL2 Application for 2017 has now closed. Please check back at a later date for details on future submissions. 

To learn more about the KL2 Program eligibility requirements and award provisions, please read below or view the most recent Request for Applications (RFA).

For questions about the KL2 program, please contact the KL2  program administrator Lauren Daniels


As the KL2 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.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Current work with patients, patient material or patient data in a clinical or translational project.
  • Research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent. 
  • Full-time Northwestern faculty appointment within three months of being awarded. Applicants outside of Feinberg School of Medicine are encouraged to apply.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Ability to commit 75% of time (50% for certain clinical specialties) to research project.
  • May not have previously received NIH or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed grants that are over $100,000 in direct costs per year. Does not include exploratory/developmental awards (R21s).
  • May not simultaneously submit or have application pending for any other NIH career (K) award, R01, or any PHS award duplicating provisions of this award.
  • Must have mentors with sufficient independent research support to cover the costs of the proposed research project in excess of the KL2 allowable costs.

Please see the list of our current scholars for examples of funded research projects. Selection criteria employed to evalaute applications using a 9-point scale are listed below:

  • 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

Finalists identified by the review panel will participate in a final presentation and interview with the KL2 selection committee with their mentors. 

Scholars will receive a number of tangible resources. Some of these include:

  • Salary + fringe, up to $100,000/year
  • 75% protected research time
  • Travel and research expenses
  • Mentor research support
  • Research Analysis and design Methods Program (RAMP) Mentor support
  • Community stakeholder engagement training and exposure

The scholar is expected to attend career development meetings, to participate in NUCATS' RCR course, and to be prepared to submit or in the process of submitting an individual K award by the end of their first year of funding.