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Pre-Doctoral Training Program

YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program

The YCCI Program will be open to ALL pre-doctoral applicants training across the full span (T0-T4) of clinical and translational research. All applications will be accepted and reviewed based on scientific merit.”

Categories and Special Emphasis

All Applicant category:

Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Translational Research

The Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Translational Research aims to identify and support a representative and diverse group of outstanding trainees who specifically want to pursue careers in clinical and translational research; to train them in the use of state-of-the-art research tools; to enhance their abilities to work collaboratively in complex multidisciplinary research teams; to provide outstanding mentoring (including concordant mentoring) by experienced and diverse faculty that support the trainee’s long-term professional development. Pre-doctoral students from Pre-doctoral students from medicine, nursing, public health, engineering and applied science or other appropriate departments in the graduate school in training across the full span (T0-T4) of basic, clinical and translational research focused on human health are encouraged to apply. The program will tap into Yale’s established educational leadership team who have diverse backgrounds in clinical and translational research, as well as expertise in the evaluation and dynamic reshaping of medical education programs. The leadership will work directly with both the trainees and their mentors to promote multidisciplinary team-based research that addresses complex medical and/or societal aspects of health and healthcare delivery in the US and around the world.

Funded by the Yale CTSA, this program focuses of providing students the opportunity to develop and participate in multidisciplinary team research with mentorship of Yale faculty in 2 or more disciplines. Students in the program will:

  • Identify a research question related to patient or public health.
  • Establish a mentoring team comprised of both a primary and secondary mentor that come from distinct disciplines that work as a team to address the research question. An example would be a primary mentor from Medicine or Nursing and a secondary Mentor from Biomedical Engineering or Public Health.
  • Gain clinical or laboratory research experience under the mentorship of the mentoring team.
  • Interact with Yale physician-scientists, PhD investigators, pre and postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
  • Participate in a weekly lecture series presented by world-renowned faculty
  • Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab meetings
  • Present their research to program peers and Yale faculty during the final week of the program.

Research projects reflect a broad-based perspective on the entire research cycle from discovery to development to delivery of care. Project areas include laboratory bench research, clinical research, biostatistics and epidemiology among many others.

Areas of Special Consideration:

The YCCI Program will be open to all applicants training across the full span (T0-T4) of basic, clinical and translational research focused on human health. All applications will be accepted and reviewed based on scientific merit; however, some priority will be given to investigators who:

  • Pursue research in health equity
  • Are underrepresented minorities

Special emphasis:

YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Program to Promote Health Equity Research

The YCCI strongly advocates for research that will guide health care systems in ways to improve the health outcomes of all people. Health equity research is a portfolio of activities across the translational research spectrum that moves beyond documenting existing group disparities in health outcomes and healthcare delivery to generating solutions through the application of novel approaches. Rather than confined to the study of static population subgroups, health equity research interrogates the dynamic, cumulative and interrelated structures of power, environmental conditions, and economic systems that produce unequal population health. Health equity research also identifies and highlights protective factors that are traditionally undervalued and understudied. Health equity research is grounded in rigorous interdisciplinary research methodologies and centers on the valued contributions and engagement of diverse stakeholders across all phases of research activity. We recognize our institutional responsibility to prioritize research that is responsive to communities and to create dynamic structures that support a unified mission to advance health equity and justice. Applicants whose focus is on developing expertise in health equity research are encouraged to apply for this postdoctoral program, and if awarded, will be supported for 1 year.

YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Program to Promote Diversity in Translational Research

The YCCI is committed to the development and support of a research workforce that engages the ideas, creativity, and innovation from all diverse backgrounds and segments of society. YCCI seeks to promote diversity in all of its training and research programs, and to increase the participation of underrepresented groups. We have therefore decided to have an initiative focused on the further promotion of diversity in translational research YCCI announces this request for applications for the YCCI Pre-Doctoral Program to Promote Diversity in Translational Research, which will provide support to under-represented pre-doctoral trainees. Translational research includes clinically-based, laboratory-based, population-based or community based research that is focused on understanding or treating human diseases. The goal of the program is to attract outstanding trainees who are members of populations that are under-represented in the biomedical research workforce and who want to pursue careers in any type of translational research. The program provides training in the use of state-of-the-art research tools; enhances the abilities of the trainees to work collaboratively in complex multidisciplinary research teams; and provides outstanding mentoring (including concordant mentoring) by experienced and diverse faculty that support the trainee’s long-term professional development, including connecting diverse individuals to supportive networks; and providing resources for retention and eliminating barriers for career transition. Awards will be for one year.

Specific Requirement in this:

Applicants must be a member of a population identified by NIH as under-represented in the U.S. biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research enterprise (see NIH Notice NOT-OD-18-210).

Key Dates:

Due date for applications in all areas: April 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Earliest anticipated start date: July 1, 2021

Full Application: