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Now Accepting Applications for positions beginning on December 2024 and July 2025. TL1 Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Equity

Applicants applying for a December 2024 start date are encouraged to apply by August 15 and may reach out to Joshua Santiago at joshua.santiago@bsd.uchicago.edu to confirm positions are still available. 

The TL1 Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Equity is a National Research Service Award (NRSA) funded training program comprising participating degree programs at the University of Chicago, Rush University, and Loyola University Chicago.  The program will prepare postdoctoral trainees with clinical (MD, DNP, PharmD, DMD/DDS, etc.) or research degrees (PhD) with the skills to conduct independent and collaborative research that will transform the science and practice of medicine, improve clinical practice and health outcomes, and advance health toward health equity. The TL1 is administered by the ITM in partnership with the Center for Health and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Trainees can be based at any ITM institution and will select one of three training pathways based on their research interests and training needs: 1) Clinical Research Pathway, 2) Biomedical Informatics Pathway, or 3) Public Health Pathway.  Depending on the selected pathway, trainees will enroll in one of the approved master’s programs listed in the RFA.

Please review the RFA for eligibility criteria. Please note that candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be appointed to the TL1.

Applicants who already have a research degree or equivalent training in one of the training pathways may request to have the master’s degree requirement waived as part of the TL1 application process.

Questions? Contact Joshua Santiago.

Who should apply? 

  1. MD clinical residents and fellows based at an ITM institution (UChicago, Rush, IIT, Loyola, NorthShore, or Advocate) who are interested in full-time research training. These might be fellows currently in research years of their ACGME training or finishing their ACGME training. 
  2. Candidates with other doctoral level professional degrees (DNP, PharmD, DDS/DMD, etc.) at an ITM institution who are interested in research training. Candidates with an MD who have not yet begun residency are also eligible. 
  3. PhD recipients committed to careers in clinical or translational research with an emphasis on advancing health toward health equity. Candidates may apply externally or from an ITM institution. 
  4. Prospective applicants who fall outside these categories should contact the program team to determine if they are eligible to apply. 
  5. Applicants who are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who have disabilities, and/or who are from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more here



It is expected that most fellows will complete at least two years of postdoctoral training.  Fellows who only need one year of funding because they are already partway through postdoctoral training or have already begun coursework for one of the approved master’s degrees are also welcome to apply. 

Fellowships pay a stipend based on NRSA stipend levels for postdoctoral fellows. For MD fellows, the NIH stipend is supplemented by funds from the home department in order to match the fellowship stipend level set by their institution’s GME office and/or section.  

The fellowship also provides funds to cover full tuition and fees for one of the master’s programs described in the RFA and a modest amount of funds to cover training related expenses such as attendance at a national conference, poster printing, software, etc. 

View the Full RFA for more information about eligibility, program requirements, funding, and application instructions.

Apply through the online portal here. 

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