Pre-Doctoral Training Program

YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program

Translational research by its nature involves constant interaction among laboratory-based, population-based, and patient-oriented researchers. Hence, multidisciplinary training is critical to the development of emerging translational scientists.

The YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-doctoral Training Program responds to this need by providing predoctoral students in Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health with an opportunity to interact with each other and with a multidisciplinary mentoring team early in their research careers. In addition, the program provides didactic and experiential training in team science, resulting in a presentation or poster for submission to a national meeting, or a manuscript for submission to an academic journal. Students will participate in training in responsible conduct of research, engage with other YCCI trainees and career development scholars, and develop an individualized research career development plan.

This one-year program provides stipend support at the NIH predoctoral level ($24,324), tuition support up to $16,000 per year, plus support for health fees, travel and other training-related expenses ($5,200). Trainees selected for this program will have initiated projects with or aspire to engage mentors or collaborators from outside their main discipline, ideally involving faculty from Yale schools other than their own, to enable or enhance their dissertation or thesis research. Please see the Request for Applications for other terms and conditions of the program.

Application Process

  • Contact the faculty liaison for your school (listed in the box on the left) by August 8, 2018, and if necessary, participate in your school’s internal selection process. No more than three applicants from each school (Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Engineering) will be considered. Each school will implement an internal selection process, if necessary. 
  • Download and complete the application package and templates (see “document links” on the left)
  • Submit your application by 5:00 PM on September 3, 2018 using the online form (see “document links” on the left)

Key Dates

  • Contact faculty liaison: no later than August 8, 2018
  • Application due date: September 3, 2018 
  • Program start date: October 1, 2018


  • Applicants must be Yale students actively enrolled in and in good standing in the MD program or one of the following PhD programs: Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing, or Public Health.
  • Applicants who are working toward their MD degree must enroll or be enrolled in the Master of Health Science degree program and have a commitment from a faculty mentor to support them in a year-long research experience.
  • Applicants who are working toward their PhD degree must have passed their qualifying examinations.
  • Current or former program awardees are not eligible to apply.

National Research Service Awards

This program is funded by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health. Accordingly, all NRSA rules and policies apply, including the items below. 
  • Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • NRSA support at the predoctoral level, via institutional training grants or individual fellowship awards, is limited to 5 years. Candidates may have no more than 4 years of NRSA support prior to beginning the program.
  • Trainees appointed to the program must participate on a full-time basis.


Lloyd Cantley MD, Eugene Shapiro MD, Rajita Sinha MD

Faculty Liaisons

School of Engineering and Applied Science: Mark Saltzman, PhD
School of Medicine: Lloyd Cantley, MD
School of Nursing: David Vlahov, PhD
School of Public Health: Christian Tschudi, PhD