Training Awards

The NJ ACTS Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship Program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees from Princeton, Rutgers University and NJIT who are seeking a broad introduction to clinical and translational research. Offered annually, this NIH-funded TL1 award provides one year of support during a 2-3 year program that includes stipend/salary and benefits, tuition for postdoctoral trainees, funds for professional travel to the ACTS conference, and training/research-related expenses pertinent to the program (for predoctoral students only). 

Learn more about the program requirements and opportunities under the Become a TL1 Fellow section of the training program web site.

For 2022, the Fellowship program award provisions and application instructions differ for Princeton-based applicants and from prior years. Please carefully review the information below. If you intend to submit a Letter of Intent and apply for the Fellowship, first contact NJ ACTS Manager, Research and Administration, Bianca Freda '98 (


Princeton-Specific Award Provisions

The NJ ACTS Fellowship Program (TL1) supports 6 Fellows/year (3 predocs, 3 postdocs). One year of financial support is provided and includes:

  • For predoctoral applicants: one year of stipend, commensurate with the current NRSA level for predoctoral trainees ( 
    • Per the University’s new policy for graduate support, tuition support will not be requested for predoctoral applicants.
  • For postdoctoral applicants: stipend and tuition commensurate with current NRSA level (
  • Up to $1,500 for travel (including required attendance at the annual ACTS conference). Booking for travel and reimbursements are administered directly by Rutgers. 
  • Training/Related-related expenses
    • Predoctoral Fellows - $2,000 for training/research-related expenses pertinent to the program
    • Postdoctoral Fellows - Current Princeton Institutional Allowance for postdoctoral fellows is budgeted only. No additional training/research-related expenses will be awarded.
  • Indirect cost rate is 8% on stipend, and training/research-related fees (tuition is excluded).

Please contact Bianca Freda ( for any questions about the program, application or award provisions. See application instructions below for details on the internal process prior to submission.


Note about Eligibility and Program Requirements

  • This is an NIH training grant, so only US citizens, permanent residents of the US or non-citizen nationals are eligible to apply. Only those who can complete the program within the prescribed 2-3-year time period during their training are eligible. Therefore, preference will be given to predoctoral applicants who are currently in Years 1-3 and postdoctoral applicants in Years 1-2 (as of the appointment start date in July 2022). See the Request for Applications (RFA) for the full list of eligibility criteria and program requirements.

Princeton-Specific Application Instructions (3 steps)

  1. Email Bianca Freda and submit a required letter of intent by Thursday, March 31, 5PM

A completed letter of intent by the deadline is required to submit a full application.

Use the link provided below to initiate a draft letter of intent (LOI) to submit to the program that includes basic information used to ascertain the anticipated pool of applicants and assign reviewers.

Before submitting the LOI via the link in REDCap, a copy of your draft, completed LOI must be saved in progress, printed to pdf and emailed to NJ ACTS manager Bianca Freda ( 

Once the LOI is submitted in REDCap, this step will initiate a custom application link to you via email to complete and submit a full application. 

Link to LOI: 


2. Email a copy of your application and attachments for Princeton internal review 

Using your custom application link, complete a final draft of the application and attachments to be uploaded (research project description, NIH format biosketches for applicant and mentor, mentor’s NIH Other Support). The online application and attachments must be saved in progress, printed to pdf and emailed to your departmental grants manager and Bianca Freda to ensure compliance with NJ ACTS and University policies at least one week prior to submission.

Refer to the Application Process section of the RFA for a full list of application instructions.


3. Submit your application to NJ ACTS by Friday, April 22, 5PM

Submission in Princeton ERA is not required at this stage.

After your Princeton departmental grants manager has confirmed that the application is ready for submission, you may submit your application and attachments to NJ ACTS using the custom application link from REDCap. Please make sure your grants manager has a final copy of your application and all attachments before submission.



Read the 2022 Fellowship Request for Applications for an overview of the program and to learn about the requirements, eligibility, selection process and review criteria, and more 

Complete the required Letter of Intent (LOI) using this link or view a pdf copy of the LOI (for reference only)

View a pdf copy of the application (for reference only) 

Meet the current and previous NJ ACTS Fellows  

Congratulations to all of the Princeton fellows, past and present!

Postdoctoral trainee Tom Zajdel, MD/PhD student Chloe Cavanaugh, postdoctoral trainee Susan Leggett, graduate student Ellen Acosta, postdoctoral trainee Camden MacDowell, postdoctoral trainee Christos Suriano, graduate student Esmat Hegazi, and postdoctoral trainee Rebecca Kim-Yip. They join other fellows from Rutgers and NJIT to round out the group participating in the program. 

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