Eligibility and application instructions

Applications must comply with eligibility and submission requirements
Missing or incomplete documents or information will disqualify your application for review

Program Eligibility - All Candidates  

Must be a US Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Permanent Resident (Proof of legal status required)
Must have the ability to devote full-time 75% effort (50% for surgeons) to the MSCTI
Must have primary appointment or be employed at a CTSC partner institution
Only one re-submission for each application is allowed
Medical students and Medical Doctors (MDs), MD/PhDs, senior residents, fellows
Veterinarians (DVM), Osteopaths (DO), Dentists (DDS, DMD), or Physical Therapists (DPT)
Post-doctoral PhDs seeking a career in clinical and translational research
Faculty members from any of the partnering Weill Cornell CTSC institutions
PhD candidates in Nursing School, those with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Certified Physician's Assistants and Clinical Research Project Coordinators/Aides, and Doctorate of Science in Nursing (DNS) degrees
Certified Physicians’ Assistants and Clinical Research Project Coordinators/Aides

A. Application Instructions and Checklist – Complete all fields. Completed
  1. Trainee Application Form - Click on your current citizenship status to proceed
    1. Personal and demographic information - a valid employer issued/institutional email is required.
    2. If you are not selected for the Master’s Degree program and wish to be considered for the Advanced Certificate Program please check the box notifying the program office (please note, a letter of support from your department chair/division is required).
    3. Project Summary - Succinctly describe (250 word or less) your proposed project written in plain language so even a non-scientist can understand the importance of the project. Include the project’s broad, long-term objectives, specific aims, research design, methods, significance, and innovation.
    4. Multidisciplinary Integration - Succinctly describe (250 words or less) how a multidisciplinary approach is integrated into this proposal. A multidisciplinary approach is one that brings experts from traditionally basic biological or physical sciences with non-biological disciplines including biostatistics.
    5. Mentors - Click on [add] and fill in required information. All mentors must have active or recent peer-reviewed (federal or foundation) funding. Mentors cannot be listed on more than 2 active CTSC applications or current awards (including CTSC Seed Awards). Two mentors are required, but no more than 3 mentors can be named on an application. A Primary Mentor must be designated and each mentor’s role must be listed. Of the two proposed mentors:
      • One must be designated to serve as a Clinical mentor and one a Basic Science or Public Health mentor
      • At least 2 mentors, including the designated primary mentor, must be from different Weill Cornell CTSC partner institutions and from different disciplines. NIH definition of different disciplines will have priority (areas outside biology, e.g., computer science, imaging, chemistry, mathematics, informatics, engineering, behavioral science, health services/outcomes research, and biostatistics)
  2. Biosketches:  Upload individual PDF files for the applicant and mentors; note the new NIH Biosketch format is required.


B. Supporting Documents – Please Upload Attachments as individual PDF files. Completed
  1. Projects must have a translational or clinical research focus. Pre-clinical studies should have near-term potential to translate into patient-oriented research. Clinical Trials (phases I or II) are permitted. Emphasis is placed on drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarker or device development and novel technologies; projects focusing on health needs of LGBTI and underserved populations and/or directly impacting health outcomes in the community; pediatric and women’s health studies; life course studies of disease; and studies incorporating biostatistical methodologies and design.  Limited to 3 single-spaced pages (at least ½ inch margins, no smaller than 11pt Arial font) to include:
    • Hypothesis and specific aims
    • Scientific background for the study, citing appropriate references of work in the area by the investigator(s) and others
    • Research Plan (research team to be involved, experimental design, methods, statistics, timeline innovation, human subjects and animal issues, if applicable)
    • References and supporting tables, figures, (2-3 additional pages are allowed)
  2. Career Statement (1 page or less) – Discuss your short and long-term goals and how acceptance to the Master’s program would impact your career and professional development.
  3. Letters - Must be addressed to " Dear CTSC Master’s Degree Admissions Committee", on departmental letterhead, signed, and emailed directly to
    1. Department Chair/Division Chief Letter: must state a guarantee of 75% protected time (50% for surgeons).
    2. Mentors Letters: Required from all mentors and the designated primary mentor's letter must include a mentoring plan (click link for instructions).
  4. Proof of Legal Status: Provide verification of legal status (scanned copies acceptable):
    • US Citizen: U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Naturalization Certificate
    • Non-Citizen National: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status
    • Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status and scanned copy of Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551)
  5. Transcripts and Test Scores – Upload digital copies of test scores and transcripts with application submission. Upon program acceptance, official documents will be required in hardcopy. Test scores include: MCAT, GRE and TOEFL. Transcripts from Undergraduate, graduate and/or medical school.



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