Application Process

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

Application deadline Begin coursework Proposal due
Note: Scholars admitted to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program are given priority registration in clinical and translational science (CTSC) classes. Nonadmitted attendees are allowed to register on a space-available basis.
March 1 Summer quarter Jan. 1
Sept. 1 Winter quarter July 1

Application instructions

  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 the mentor is to guide the scholar in the research experience portion of the program.

    Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. Resources to identify and directly contact potential mentors include the following:

  2. Complete and submit application materials

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

    Electronically submit the completed program application (PDF) along with the supporting materials outlined on the first page of the application to the CCaTS Education Programs inbox. Indicate at the top of the second page that the application is for the Postdoctoral Certificate Program.

    The application form also requires the following:

    • Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU)
    • Name and signature of the applicant's clinical or research administrator
    • Name and signature of the applicant's 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. Applicants are notified regarding admission decisions after the review is completed.

    Upon admission to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program, a nonrefundable program fee of $6,000 is charged to the PAU provided by the applicant.


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