KL2 Scholars Program

Satish Kenchaiah, M.D., M.P.H.

 Ming Li, Ph.D.  Taren Swindle, Ph.D.
Kennedy_Joshua MD_ready Price_Elvin PhD_ready
Joshua Kennedy, M.D. Elvin Price, Pharm.D., Ph.D.



The overall goal of the postdoctoral KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Award Program is to increase the number and quality of independently funded clinical and translational research investigators.

The KL2 Scholar Awards provide two years of didactic and mentored research training for postdoctorates or professional doctorates (M.D., Pharm.D., Dr.PH., D.O., etc.) who are committed to academic careers in multidisciplinary clinical or translational research. Didactic course work leading to a Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H. or graduate certificate may be pursued. Generous financial support and benefits are provided for postdoctoral scholars, fellows and junior faculty.

Salary and Benefits

  • 75 percent of the scholar’s salary (up to $95,000, including fringe). If 75 percent salary exceeds $95,000, the college/department/division will need to support the balance.
  • Up to $25,000 per year for research, tuition, travel expenses and education materials in support of the scholar’s career development plan.


  • A doctoral-level degree in a health discipline that can be applied to clinical or translational research. These degrees include, but are not limited to, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Dr.PH., or D.O.
  • Must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Must be committed to a career focused on clinical or translational investigation.
  • Must be a full-time UAMS faculty member at the rank of instructor or above, able to devote 75 percent professional effort to the program for a minimum of two years.
  • Must have the support of a mentor approved by the program, and the approval of their department chair.
  • Candidates are not allowed to have served as principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01, K series or subproject of a P or M series grant.

Funding Cycle

  • June 4, 2015: Request for Applications released
  • September 14, 2015: Deadline to request biostatistics consult
  • October 1, 2015:  Application Deadline
  • Week of November 23, 2015: Awards announced
  • December 1, 2015: Project start date

Application Process & Request for Applications

Download TRI’s 2015 Request for Applications