Prospective applicants initiate the process by first reading the Statement on Clinical and Translational Research and submitting an Eligibility Form to the Program Administrator. Both documents are available for download. The Program Administrator will determine eligibility according to the Eligibility Criteria and then send out the application form with instructions.

Important Considerations

The PSDP’s mission is to train pediatricians as scientists. Therefore, PSDP Fellows agree to have no clinical responsibilities or patient care in Years One and Two of PSDP training. The Fellow’s sponsoring department chair and clinical fellowship program director must also agree to this stipulation.

In keeping with the PSDP’s growing emphasis on patient-oriented or translational research, applicants who propose projects that require patient contact (not patient care) will have the opportunity to request patient contact time as part of the initial PSDP application. 

    • Physicians who are in residency programs will apply to the PSDP by March 10 of the PGY-3 year. Therefore, candidates who are fast-tracking in pediatrics should submit an Eligibility Form in the autumn of the PGY-2 year.
    • Physicians in subspecialty programs whose disciplines require 13-24 months of clinical responsibilities (i.e., cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, and neonatology) should apply to the PSDP by March 10 of their first year of fellowship (PGY-4 year). If awarded, PSDP funding will begin in the third year of fellowship. The section chief and department chair of the sponsoring department must guarantee in writing that the 15 months between March of the PGY-4 year and July of the PGY-6 year will be used to complete all clinical requirements or other patient-care responsibilities prior to the start of PSDP-supported research.

All PSDP Fellows are expected to begin their protected research time on July 1, 16 months after submission of the application.