Applying to MSCI

Candidates should submit an application that includes biographical information, references, career goals, and a specific proposal for a patient-oriented research project. The research proposal must identify the candidate's mentor. Applications will be judged on the quality of the science proposed, on the commitment of the mentor of the career development of the candidate, and on the overall impact of the training program on the applicant's career development. The application deadline is February 28.


Required Application Materials

1. Electronic Application (click to go directly to the online application)

Area of Study: Medicine-Non MD

Program: Clinical Investigation

2. Letter from mentor documenting commitment to candidate's career development. Please include a copy of the mentor's curriculum vitae.

3. Three letters of recommendation (may include mentor).

4. Letter from Division Director or Department Chair assuring 80% protected time for research.

5. Research Plan: The three to five page proposal should describe Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Experimental Methods, Procedures, and Long-Term Objectives. Plans exceeding the five-page limit will be returned. Be sure to provide a title for your project.

6. Curriculum Vitae of applicant.

7. Statement of how this proposed research plan fits into your career objectives.

You may upload your Research Plan, Curriculum Vitae, and Career Statement in the application section labeled Statement of Purpose.

8. Letter stating confirmation of tuition payment throughout matriculation from responsible person or department on official letterhead.

9. Undergraduate and medical school transcripts.

Please send e-Scripts or electronic transcripts to:

Mail transcripts to:

Arnita L. King, MEd

MSCI, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

2215 Garland Ave

Light Hall, Suite 201

Nashville, TN 37232-0685


Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Proposals must outline patient-oriented research that is hypothesis-driven and mechanistic.
  • Performance of the project must be feasible within a two-year period.
  • Project mentors must have extramural research grant funding that is assured for the duration of the project.
  • Sponsoring departments will be expected to guarantee that 80% of the candidate's professional time will be devoted to the goals and objectives of the MSCI program.