The UC Davis CTSC Education and Career Development program provides research education and training opportunities for translational scientists.

Program Overview

The CTSC Research Education, Training, and Career Development Program is committed to a comprehensive approach to translational research training that provides scholars with a rich array of career development opportunities through program curricula, mentored research training, and partnerships with other programs, departments, and institutions. CTSC scholars include clinical and translational researchers at multiple career stages – graduate, medical and veterinary students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty – and represent numerous departments, disciplines, graduate groups, schools and colleges throughout UC Davis. The diversity exemplified by the research interests, career stages and skill sets of CTSC scholars creates a natural environment for the genesis of novel research ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations and unique approaches to advancing health.

Master's Degree Program

The UC Davis Clinical Research Graduate Group, an interdisciplinary cohort of clinical and translational scientists, offers a Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Clinical Research degree program.

Designated Emphasis in Translational Research

The Designated Emphasis in Translational Research (DETR) is an inter-graduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of translational research.

Research Training and Career Development Programs

CTSC T32 Pre and Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program

This one or two year T32 program provides clinical and translational research training for pre-doctoral medical and graduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars interested in translational research careers. Medical student scholars will be in the program for one year and graduate and post-doctoral scholars will be in the program for two years.  The pre-doctoral medical students and post-doctoral scholars may pursue the M.A.S. in Clinical Research.

Call for Applications (Medical Students)

Call for Applications (Post-doctoral)

MCRTP – Mentored Clinical Research Training Program

The Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) is a two-year, intensive curriculum and research experience that prepares junior investigators (postdoctoral and clinical fellows, junior faculty) for a career in clinical and translational research. Scholars complete requirements for the M.A.S. degree in Clinical Research during the program.

Call for Applications Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) - Deadline to submit February 26, 2016 (PDF)

CIRM Stem Cell Training Program

The goal of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine’s Stem Cell Training Program (SCTP) is to develop highly skilled, critically thinking and collaborative scientists with successful research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree and postdoctoral and clinical fellows may apply.

CTSC KL2 Mentored Career Development Program

CTSC KL2 Mentored Career Development Program
  • Eligibility: junior faculty with clinical professional degrees and prior completion of clinical research training at least to the level of a master’s degree
  • Program Focus: multidisciplinary, patient-oriented clinical research
  • Duration: 2-3 years

There is no current Call for Applications. Please check back for future updates.

BIRCWH: Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 Program

UC Davis School of Medicine Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)
  • Eligibility: junior faculty
  • Program Focus: biomedical research in areas relevant to women’s health
  • Duration: 2-5 years

Emergency Medicine/Pediatric Emergency Medicine K12 Research Program

Emergency Medicine K12 Clinical Research Training Program
  • Eligibility: junior faculty
  • Program Focus: clinical/patient-oriented Emergency Medicine or Pediatric Emergency Medicine research
  • Duration: 2-3 years

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Paul Calabresi K12 Clinical Oncology Career Development Award

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Paul Calabresi K12 Clinical Oncology Career Development Award
  • Eligibility: junior faculty (basic/translational scientists and clinician scientists)
  • Program Focus: team-based, patient-oriented cancer research; trainees develop their own investigator-initiated clinical trial
  • Duration: 2-3 years

Current Call for Applications (PDF)


The UC Davis schools of health is committed to developing the next generation of independent, highly successful academic faculty and advance the UC Davis schools of health and reorienting the culture of the institution to support, reward, and enhance quality mentoring in the human health sciences. UC Davis schools of health faculty at the associate or full-professor level are invited to the Mentoring Academy.

Professional Development Programs

  • The Clinical and Translational Science Center is pleased to announce the launch of FUTURE, a new professional development program supported by the NIH Common Fund initiative Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST). The goal of the FUTURE program is to help postdocs explore the diverse array of career options available to them and to build the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the career they choose. The FUTURE program will eventually include both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, but is now open only to postdocs in the biomedical sciences.
  • The FUTURE program has launched a new website to help graduate students and postdocs find opportunities to learn about and prepare for a diverse range of career paths that support the biomedical enterprise:

Did you know...

  • Education and Career Development has served more than 270 trainees since 2006.
  • This program currently has scholars that represent 17 departments at UC Davis.
  • Participants are medical students, graduate students, clinical fellows, postdocs, and junior faculty.