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We are recruiting for the 2024-2025 Life Course Translational Research Scholars program.

This program offered through the HRSA-MCHB-funded Life Course Translational Research Network (LCT-RN), led by Neal Halfon MD MPH is aimed at early and mid-career researchers (post-docs, clinical scholars, junior faculty) across disciplines (e.g., medicine, public health, sociology, social work, psychology) with a focus on maternal and child health from a life course health development perspective. This career enhancement program will also be useful for more established researchers who wish to transition to life course translational research.

LCT-RN Scholars will have an interest in translating life course principles into practice, with a view to an independent research career and/or integration of the life course approach into their existing research portfolio. The program is fully virtual and will be delivered over Zoom with participants from any US states and territories.

Who can apply?

  • Early-Mid stage investigators (e.g., doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, & early-career faculty) and/or any investigator interested in transitioning into life course intervention research.
  • You should be a member of the Life Course Translational Research Network (LCT-RN) and/or have a research mentor who is a member of the network. (If you don’t, we will connect you with someone.)
  • To join the network please email us at
  • Applicants from groups underrepresented in health sciences research are particularly encouraged to apply.

What does the program provide?

Training in Life Course Intervention Research concepts and frameworks, as well as specific skills and methods to support implementation of life course intervention and translational research. Life Course Intervention Research (LCIR) is a trans-disciplinary field, and trainings will include guest speakers with expertise in medicine, social work, public health, mental health, as well as family and community leaders.

Research Project Development: Scholars will be supported to identify an idea for a research project, workshop it with leading experts in the field of LCIR, and develop it into a pilot study. Scholars will be able to compete for limited LCT-RN pilot funds, and will be guided  to develop a larger application for ongoing funding. Projects must be intervention or translation-focused and based in the US states and territories.

Learn more about the Network's Pilot Studies

Mentorship: Scholars will be paired with a mentor from the LCTRN who can support their research and professional development throughout the course of the year.

Research Nodes Membership: Each scholar will join one of the LCT-RN research nodes that best aligns with their interests (currently: Family Health Development, Early Childhood Mental Health, Adversity Adaptation & Resilience, Youth Participatory Engagement, Family Health Measurement, Prematurity, School, Youth Justice.). Nodes meet regularly and work on building the field through conceptual papers, collaborative projects, and proposals for future funding. 

Learn more about our Nodes and Cores


The program does not provide any salary support during the year of the program. 


Contact Shirley Russ, LCT-RN Senior Project Scientist with any questions at