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KL2 Clinical Scholars Master's Degree Program

The KL2 Clinical Scholars program is a three year training experience designed to prepare physician-scientists and select doctoral level PhD investigators for independent careers in clinical and patient-oriented translational research. The program leads to a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research. The program is funded in part by a KL2 grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is linked to the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Those individuals who demonstrate superior performance during the program will be eligible to extend their training in the Rockefeller University Graduate School as candidates for the PhD degree. Applicants from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders) and disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The program is designed to provide an optimal environment and mentoring structure for the Clinical Scholar to develop the experience and capabilities necessary to initiate an independent career as a patient-oriented and translational investigator.

The application process includes both the completion of the on-line application, including letters of reference, and a letter from the proposed mentor recommending the Scholar’s appointment and indicating both the human subjects project the Scholar will work on and the Scholar’s and mentor’s joint plan for the Scholar’s career development.

Scholar applicants are encouraged to identify potential mentors by reviewing the Rockefeller Laboratory Heads. Scholars should contact the potential mentor directly to discuss the possibility of joining the mentor’s lab. For additional information about potential mentors, Scholar applicants can contact Dr. Coller at

Applications are considered complete when we have received the completed application form, the required application materials, two letters of reference, and the mentor’s letter. The Search Committee will not review incomplete applications.

The application process for the Clinical Scholars Program is open. The application and supporting documents are due December 2, 2021. For an on-line application, go to For additional information contact Dr. Barry S. Coller at

The KL2 Clinical Scholars Master’s Degree Program at The Rockefeller University is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234; Telephone: (518) 474-1551.

Program Title: Clinical and Translational Investigation

Program Code: 31315 (M.S.)

HEGIS Code: 0499


The application process for the Clinical Scholars Program is open. We are currently accepting applications for July 2022. Application deadline is December 2, 2021. For an on-line application, go to  For additional information contact Dr. Barry S. Coller at

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Dr. Barry S. Coller
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1230 York Avenue
P.O. Box 309
New York, NY 10065