TL1/TBS Training Program

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  • About the Program

    Translational Biomedical Science Program

    The goal of the translational biomedical science (TBS) program offered through the Georgetown Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is to prepare pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows (MDs and PhDs) to serve as the critical link in advancing the translation of basic science into improved outcomes for health, aging and disease. 

    The primary aim of the TBS program is to provide the training necessary for scientists to become the next generation of leaders in translational biomedical research.  Emphasis is placed on teaching trainees how to build interdisciplinary collaborative research programs by providing them with dual mentored training experiences in preclinical and clinical research.  

    The TBS Program leverages the rich partnerships that GHUCCTS has established among Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM), MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), the Washington, D.C. Veterans Administration (VA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). | Read More

    TBS Training Program Executive Committee:

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    Kathryn Sandberg, PhD

    Dexter L. Lee, PhD

    Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD

    TBS Training Program Administrator: Emily Bujold

    Learn more about our Current TBS Scholars.

  • Requirements & Eligibility


    • Candidates must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or a US permanent resident;
    • Applicants must be able to commit to 1 full year in the TBS Program, though priority will be given to those able to commit to 2 full years;
    • Pre-doctoral students must have passed their qualifying exam and be in good standing within their Ph.D. program;
    • Postdoctoral fellows must have full-time employment at a GHUCCTS institution for at least one month at the time of award activation;
    • No applicant may have a US government training award including a National Research Service Award for more than 2 years at the time of award activation;
    • Applicants must have a primary mentor from a GHUCCTS institution who has sufficient research funding and resources to support the applicant’s research for the duration of the training period at the time of award activation; and,
    • All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to translational biomedical research

    Scholar/Mentor Expectations

    • Click here to download the Scholar/Mentor Expectation
    • Click here to download the Core Competencies for Clinical and Translational Investigator Training from NCATS
  • Application Process

    General Directions: 

    Read in entirety before you submit your application.

    Applications follow the format of an NIH National Research Service Award F30 (MD, Ph.D. student), F31 (predoctoral student) or F32 (postdoctoral fellow) application.

    Click here to download the NIH application guide as a reference.

    TBS Program Online Application Guide:

    Applications are submitted as a merged single PDF file.
    Text is single-spaced, Arial font, no smaller than 11 points, with margins at least ½ inch on all sides. 

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

    Click here for the directions with the Pre-Application Layout Checklist of required forms.
    Click here for the directions with the Final Application Layout Checklist of required forms.