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KL2 Mentored Career Development Program

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Program at Mayo Clinic is a three-year research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) that guides scholars toward independent clinical research careers. Mayo Clinic actively recruits a diverse team of research scholars who represent a variety of clinical research disciplines.

Designed to prepare future research leaders, the KL2 Program is personalized, provides protected research time and enables scholars to conduct multidisciplinary clinical research projects under the guidance of senior Mayo Clinic investigators.

The KL2 Program prepares participants to complete graduate-level clinical and translational research coursework and submit grant applications for continued funding based on their research. Scholars also have the option to complete either a master's degree or a certificate in clinical and translational science.

Support provided

  • Salary to support scholars' efforts (75% to 100%) committed to the program, commensurate with their Mayo Clinic appointment categories — up to $120,000 a year for three years
  • Research support of $25,000 a year for research expenses, including supplies, personnel, technical and statistical services, and other project infrastructure
  • Additional support to cover travel expenses, including for the Translational Science meeting held annually in Washington, D.C.
  • Support of $5,000 a year each for scholars' primary mentors and co-mentors at Mayo Clinic

Read more about the KL2 Program's eligibility requirements, application process and components.


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