OSLER Program Overview

The Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER) program enhances the pipeline of OHSU health professional students in doctoral programs interested in clinical and translational research, providing fellowships through a  NIH TL1 funded training program and a School of Medicine Dean's Fund. The OSLER program is competitive with a limited number of positions available each year.

  • 5 year-long (12 months) NIH TL1 stipend-funded training slots.
  • Open to any OHSU student enrolled in a doctoral program. 
  • Year-long trainees enrolled in the MD or DMD program must enroll in an approved master's degree program (Master of Clinical Research, Master of Public Health, or Master of Medical Informatics).  PhD students may choose to enroll but it is not required.


Students will engage in clinical or translational research under the direction of a mentor that the student selects. The experience must include a clinical or translational research project, with research that involves humans or populations, or has direct application to human health, disease, or disability. Proposals should be part of or an extension of the mentor's ongoing research in order to expedite IRB or IACUC requirements.  Adding students to existing IRB or IACUC protocols is the responsibility of the mentor.

Year-long trainees enrolled in the MD or DMD program enroll in an approved master's degree program such as the OHSU Master of Clinical Research, Biomedical Informatics or Public Health programs. If completing a master's degree, it must be awarded either before or with the doctorate. PhD students may choose to enroll but it is not required.


The TL1 awards pay a yearly stipend plus benefits.

Students enrolled in the year-long program receive a tuition waiver for courses in the Master of Clinical Research Program.


  • Students eligible must be enrolled in a doctoral program at OHSU such as the MD, DMD, DNP, PharmD, nursing PhD and graduate PhD track programs.
  • Appointment can begin no sooner than April 1 and no later than June 30.
  • At the time of appointment to the training program, individuals selected to participate in the training program 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 Card (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. In addition, trainees must be able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.

Find out how to apply to the OSLER TL1 program