Eligibility Requirements

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The last round of scholars was chosen in the summer of 2021. The Wright Center expects to choose another cohort of scholars in 2023.


Application release April 12, 2021
Letter of Intent (recommended but not required) May 10, 2021 
Completed KL2 applications July 12, 2021 
Applications reviewed and scored July 13-30, 2021 
Finalists invited for presentations and interviews August 2021 
Award announcement late August/early September 2021 
Award start date September 10, 2021 


Application Process

1. Establish Mentor Relationship

The KL2 Program is a mentored career development award. An established primary mentoring relationship is a requirement for applying to KL2. Preference is given to candidates with a well-established mentor-mentee relationship. Please note: your primary mentor must have a clear record of mentorship and NIH funding.

As a mentor-mentee team, please work to identify appropriate co-mentors (preferably a clinician-scientist and a Ph.D.-scientist) in other disciplines who bring additional and complementary expertise to your research proposal and career. Preference will be given to mentorship teams with both clinical-scientists and Ph.D.-scientists.

2. Submit a letter of intent to apply

The Wright Center encourages candidates interested in applying for the KL2 to submit a letter of intent. A letter of intent is not required but highly recommended. Letters of intent are due May 10 via this REDCap link and will ask you to address the following: 

  • The name and specialty of your primary mentor, along with how long you’ve been a mentor-mentee team
  • Short paragraph addressing why participation in this career development program will help you to become a successful investigator
  • Short description of the research you will conduct as a KL2 Scholar (you may also upload a rough draft of your specific aims)

3. Submit the Wright Center KL2 application form and required documentation

To be considered for the award, faculty should complete the Center for Clinical and Translational Research KL2 application at VCU’s online Applicant Review, Tracking, and Evaluation System (ARTES). Use the 2021 ARTES instructions for KL2 application (pdf) to ensure an accurate application.

A complete application must be submitted no later than July 12, 2021 11:59 pm EST. Applications from women and underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Please note: The ARTES system will trigger an email notification to the individuals listed on the application who are providing a letter of support only after you've submitted your application. However, letters of support must be received by July 12 for your submission to be considered complete. Thus, please alert individuals providing a letter of support to the deadline above or, if relying on the system to alert your supporters, submit your application well in advance of the July 12 deadline.

4. Review and Selection Process

Applications received by the due date are first reviewed by the Wright Center Review Committee, which consists of Wright Center senior faculty members, and will utilize a review process similar to other career development awards. A total of 5 to 6 top scoring applicants are selected to move on to the next stage of the review process. Candidates are invited for an interview to present their proposals and career development plans to the Wright Center Review Committee in early August. After the interview and presentations, candidates are scored and ranked once again. Three candidates are chosen, and the appointment and funding commence on September 10, 2021.