Application Process

The Postdoctoral Certificate Program can be completed in one year and has two academic cycles each year. Regardless of when you plan to apply, the three steps in the application process are the same.

Application deadline Begin course work Proposal due
March 1 Summer quarter Jan. 1
Sept. 1 Winter quarter July 1

Note: Scholars admitted to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program are given priority registration in CTSC classes. Nonadmitted attendees are allowed to register on a space-available basis.

1. Identify a mentor

Identifying a mentor is one of the most important steps in applying to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program. The most critical role of your mentor is to guide you in the research experience portion of the program.

Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. If you need assistance finding a mentor, use Mayo's research faculty directory and research departments and centers to identify and directly contact potential mentors.

2. Complete and submit application materials

Completed applications will be accepted beginning Feb. 1 or Aug. 1 of each year. All application materials must be received by the Sept. 1 or March 1 deadline. Note: Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Electronically submit your completed program application, along with the supporting materials outlined on the first page of the application, to the CCaTS Postdoctoral Certificate Program education specialist. Indicate at the top of the second page that you are applying for the Postdoctoral Certificate Program.

The application form also requires the following:

  • Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU)
  • Name and signature of your clinical or research administrator
  • Name and signature of your department or division chair

3. Application review

Applications are reviewed by the CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee after the March 1 and Sept. 1 deadlines. You will be notified regarding admission decisions after the review is completed.

Once you are admitted to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program, a nonrefundable program fee of $5,000 will be charged to the PAU you provide.


Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.