OSLER Program Overview

A call for applications will be released in Spring 2017 pending funding availability. Please contact the Human Investigations Program with any questions. The information below pertains to past award cycles and will be updated accordingly.

The Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER) program enhances the pipeline of OHSU professional and graduate students in clinical and translational research. Students in any doctoral OHSU program (PhD, MD, DMD, DNP, PharmD) are eligible to apply.

This program is funded by NIH from a TL1 grant to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). It is similar to an NRSA T32 and provides a year-out research experience.


Students will engage in clinical or translational research under the direction of a mentor that the student selects. During this year, this research experience should be the focus of activity with research that involves humans or populations, or has direct relevance to human health, disease or disability.

Students who wish help to identify a research mentor for this program should contact Dr. Cynthia Morris by email ().

Students enrolled in the MD, DMD, DNP or PharmD program must enroll in the OHSU Master of Clinical Research degree. Students in the PhD program should strongly consider enrolling in one or more courses in the Human Investigations Program curriculum.


The TL1 award includes the following:

  • Annual stipend at the NIH predoctoral level.
  • Major medical and dental insurance, student health service fees and up to $1,700 for tuition and other fees for the full 12-month project period.
  • Tuition waiver for any course subject to tuition in the Human Investigations Program. This includes a full tuition waiver for the Master of Clinical Research degree.
  • No research costs are available through the TL1 Program.


  • Students eligible must be enrolled in a doctoral program at OHSU including the PhD, MD, DMD, DNP, PharmD.
  • Students in professional programs should take a year-out from their academic curriculum to participate in this research year.
  • Students in graduate PhD programs should have completed their qualifying exam by the time of appointment.
  • A student must be in good standing and have the approval of their program leadership to enroll in the TL1 year-long program.
  • Appointments to this program must be made by 4/30/15 or on 7/1/15. Students appointed by 4/30/15 need not begin their tenure immediately but must be eligible to begin prior to 6/30/15.
  • At the time of appointment, individuals selected to participate must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Certificate (I-151 or I-551) or other legal verification of admission for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for support.
  • Students must be able to commit full-time effort at the time of appointment.

Find out how to apply to the OSLER TL1 program