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CTSA TL-1 provides individualized training through mentored research, didactic training, and  professional development curricula. The typical TL1 award is for two years. For Postdocs and MD Fellows, the TL1 provides an NIH-scale postdoctoral stipend as well as funds towards federally-designated training-related expenses. For pre-doctoral trainees, the TL1 provides full tuition for trainees to complete a Master’s program as well as a stipend and funds for additional expenses.

Program activities include:

  • Opportunity to conduct research of interest 
  • Tailored professional development seminars 

The program typically lasts two years and participants are recruited annually.  Eligible participants must be at Duke.  Program activities include monthly tailored professional development seminars, opportunity to conduct research of interest, and opportunities to present research.  Predoctoral students receive a Master’s degree. 

ELIGIBILITY. This program is for…

  • Duke third year medical students
  • Post-docs
  • MDs and MD/PhDs

The CTSA TL-1 Program makes an intentional effort to recruit participants who identify as belonging to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 

For questions, contact Stephanie.Molner@dm.duke.edu


This program began in 2013 and is housed within the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The program is currently funded by: 

  • NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)
    Award # 5UL1-TR001117-03

Principal Investigator: Boulware

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact: