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KL2 scholar grant recruitment is postponed. We will post updated information and send announcements when new dates are established.

KL2 Research Training Program

Available to residents, fellows, and junior faculty, the Mentored Career Development (KL2) award provides complete tuition support and partial salary support of the applicable Stanford postgraduate-year stipend scale for a guaranteed period of two years.


We encourage applicants from all health disciplines who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by the start of the award.
  • Must hold a research or health-professional doctoral degree.
  • Must be able to commit 75 percent of professional effort to the program except for surgeons, who may be eligible to commit as little as 50 percent time.
  • Must ensure the remaining funding (not provided by Spectrum) will come from a non-federal source.
  • Must not be or have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01, or a project leader on a subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54), mentored career development grant (K23, K08, K01, etc.), or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed research grants that are more than $100,000 in direct costs per year.
  • Must be pursuing a career path and proposed program in human/translational research.

If you have already received advanced training such as in epidemiology and clinical research, then you might not be the prime candidate for the KL2 award. If you still choose to apply to our awards, please make a strong case.

Application Process & Deadlines

KL2 scholar grant recruitment is postponed. We will post updated information and send announcements when new dates are established.

All KL2 applications must include the following:

Length Restriction

Candidate Personal Statement

(800 words)

Describe your education, career experience, short- and long-term goals, reasons for applying to the KL2 program and how it will further your professional objectives.

Educational and Mentoring Plan

(400 words)

Description of your planned didactic activities, including nature and frequency of interactions with your primary research mentor, and how this will enhance your research project.

Research Plan

(1,600 words in total, excluding references)

Include the following subsections:

  • Structured Abstract – Title, background, research question, study design, methods, outcome measures, potential implications of work and innovation.
  • Overall Research Question(s) and Specific Aims
  • Background/Significance
  • Preliminary Data (if relevant) and/or Feasibility Assessment - If the project is in the early stages of development, describe any strategy to assess feasibility, and address the management of any high risk aspects of the proposed work.
  • Approach/Methods - Including key measurements, primary outcome measures and analytic plan.
  • Nature of Originality/Innovation
  • Potential Implications/Contribution of Work
  • Research Timeline – Include key progress benchmarks.
  • References

CV and Transcripts

(No limit)

Ensure your CV is updated and include transcripts from undergrad, medical school, and any advanced degree programs. NOTE: Official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office for any masters program applications.

Signed Letter of Support from Department Chair or Division Chief

(No limit)

Letter must guarantee 75-percent protected time to pursue the educational and research goals of the KL2 program. The divisional/departmental letter of support must also attest that the trainee is able to accept KL2 funds toward the entire 75% of their research effort and that they do not hold any concomitant federal support.

Research Mentor’s NIH Biosketch

(No limit)

Must be up-to-date.

Signed Letter of Recommendation from the Prospective Research Mentor

(No limit)

Include a description of the mentor’s anticipated interactions with the trainee, the research environment, their own qualifications to serve in this role, and list of mentees within 3 years, with their current positions.

Two Additional Letters of Recommendation

(No limit)

Must be from colleagues with whom the candidate has worked. One letter could be substituted for the one from the proposed mentor above, if the mentor has worked with the applicant before.

Current & Pending Funding

(No limit)

Must be up-to-date.