Translational Science Interagency Fellowship

The Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) is a new postdoctoral fellowship opportunity developed by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Fellows will be jointly mentored by NCATS and FDA scientists on a research project of mutual interest to both organizations. Fellows in this program will develop skills of value to future careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and government. 

At the FDA, fellows will receive formal training and mentoring in:

·Relevant federal statutes, and

·Regulations, principles and practices of FDA medical product review.

At NCATS, fellows will receive formal training and mentoring in:

·The early stages of technology development, and

·Preclinical and clinical translational science.

Currently there are seven mentor pairs/projects for this first class, and we hope to expand this over time.  These first projects are in the areas of:

1.)    The use antisense oligonucleotides for treatment of rare diseases

2.)    Development of in vitro 3D models (i.e., kidney organoids for examining drug metabolism and toxicity and models of atopic dermatitis)

3.)    Informatics projects related to drug repurposing, prediction of drug safety and adverse events, and determining the scope of unapproved products in the marketplace


Questions about the fellowship and application process are welcome.  Please contact us at 

Qualifications: Experience

This is a three-year program, which accepts up to two new fellows per year. The applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have a Ph.D., M.D. or other doctoral degree in a related discipline or have documentation that all degree requirements will be completed before the start of the fellowship. Assurance to this effect must be supplied in writing by the chair of the dissertation committee (for Ph.D. candidates) or the dean of the school (for M.D. candidates).
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application. Applicants must have resided in the United States for 3 of the last 5 years.
  • Have no more than two years of prior postdoctoral training before joining this fellowship program.
  • Be able to pass a federal background check using Standard Form-85 (read SF 85). Section 14 of the form asks, “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with federal laws, even though permissible under state laws. Applicants will be required to complete a conflict of interest assessment.

*Selection of fellows will be dependent upon the availability of funds.

Qualifications: Education
Doctoral or professional degree
How to apply

Applications are due Jan. 15, 2021, for an earliest start date of September 2021.

Please submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement of research goals and how these relate to the fields of translational and regulatory science. Include in this statement how these goals are aligned with one or more of the project descriptions listed.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Academic transcript for terminal degree

For more detailed information and application guidelines, view the TSIF Guidelines for Application.

Application Instructions

More information and application instructions can be found here: 

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