Opportunities and expectations for research and scholarship among residents and fellows can vary depending on the area of study and training opportunities supported by the program.  Plans for research and scholarship should be discussed with the program director.  Resources to support research and scholarship for residents and fellows include mentor-matching support, graduate courses in clinical and translational science, and fellowships to support focused research career development.

Mentor Resources

The available research on successful academic career development identifies effective mentoring as among the most important requirement.  Support for identifying potential mentors is available through the Center for Clinical & Translational Science Career Development Office

Career Development Office

Elective Coursework

Formal research training is available to residents and fellows through tiered graduate programs in clinical and translational science that are offered by the Department of Behavioral Science. 

The Certificate in Clinical & Translational Science program provides entry-level competency training in Clinical and Translational Science and is the entry point for scholars interested in CTS research, broadly defined. The key elements of this certificate include (1) a curriculum focused on core CTS research competencies, (2) availability of evening courses. Credits from this program can be applied to the MS or PhD programs in CTS. 

Certificate in CTS

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (CTS Pathway) offers a clinical and translational science pathway for those with a rigorous medical sciences background (e.g., health-related professional degree, MS or PhD in basic medical sciences) or those seeking a dual degree (e.g., MD/MS). The program provides mentored research training with a flexible curriculum tailored to the needs of professional scholars interested in designing, implementing and publishing their own research studies or contributing to clinical and translational science teams. The pathway offers 24-credit (thesis required) or 30-credit options each consisting of 14 credit hours of competency-based training (i.e., Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science) combined with additional coursework and independent study (10 or 16 credits) tailored to the scholars’ research career interest; a program of mentored research training, and a Masters defense focused on the scholar's independent research study.


The PhD in CTS is an interdisciplinary program designed for professional scholars committed to leading interdisciplinary CTS research teams, sustaining independent research programs that promote innovation and new discovery, or both. In addition to extensive research training, PhD candidates are able to receive expanded training in the skills required for meeting career objectives: grant writing, grant management, team leadership, and personnel and laboratory management. Like the MS program, the PhD program in CTS emphasizes mentored research training with a primary mentor and a PhD advisory committee. The mentor and the advisory committee are charged with supporting the scholar’s overall career development; they play a prominent role in coordinating the scholar’s curriculum, research training, and career development. Successful completion of the degree is contingent upon the scholar’s completion and presentation (written and oral) of well-reasoned research that yields clinically significant, publishable CTS knowledge.

PhD in CTS

Fellowship Opportunities

The multidisciplinary Scientist/CLinician development AwaRd (SChoLAR) Program provides mentored research training for early career physician scholars (residents, fellows) who are interested in pursuing future careers in academic medicine as a physician scientist faculty at UK.   The program provides the resources needed to initiate intensive mentored research and career development training at the residency/fellowship phase of clinical training. At the nexus of residency and fellowship training, scholars have acquired the critical clinical skills needed to understand the relationship of basic science, translational and clinical research to medical practice. This knowledge thereby permits them to make informed decisions as to the specific area and type of research they should choose to optimize synergy between their future research endeavors and their clinical practice. Incorporation of research training, as well as clinical training as part of residency/fellowship training, is advantageous for scholars with previous research training since this program will allow them to continue to foster their research skills during this portion of their career pathway. For scholars with limited previous research training, a combined research/clinical training residency/fellowship program permits them to acquire research skills that can thereafter be utilized to make choices about future clinical and research training and to permit them to develop specific research programs. Training includes a structured program of career development and mentorship, including didactic coursework, mentored research and multidisciplinary teamwork.  

SChoLAR Program

The University of Kentucky TL1 Training Program in Clinical and Translational Science provides funding to support 1-year of dedicated research training for exceptional residents and fellows with skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research in health-related fields. Students must be US citizen or permanent resident status.  The program provides stipend, tuition, travel and student health support.  Opportunities to complete graduate programs (e.g., graduate certificate programs, Masters Degrees) during this year are available.