How to Apply

2021 VPCAT Scholar Cohort

The VPCAT Research Scholars Program is a 2-year structured program aimed at providing leadership competencies, intensive mentorship, research acumen, and practical skills to foster junior faculty in becoming effective independent clinical or translational researchers.

The 2020 VPCAT Scholar Cohort application cycle is now closed. We anticipate releasing information on the 2021 VPCAT Cohort application cycle in Summer 2020. Estimated timeline for 2021 cycle is as folllows:



End of August 2020

2021 VPCAT Cohort Application are submitted via the University of Utah Competition Space.

Beginning of September 2020

VPCAT Application Workshop - interested applicants meeting the applicant eligibility criteria with scientific mentor(s) who meet the mentor eligibility criteria will need to RSVP.

End of September 2020

2021 VPCAT Cohort Applications are due by 5:00 pm MST and late applications are not accepted.

Beginning of November 2020

Notification and reviewer critiques sent to applicants.

December 2020


All accepted applicants are required to attend the 1 ½ day 2021 VPCAT Colloquium.

Mandatory Scholar Requirements

Applicants considering submitting an application in response to the 2021 VPCAT Scholar Cohort RFA must be able to commit to the mandatory program events and curricular sessions below. We highly advise applicants to block their calendars and work to transition schedules to accommodate these requirements as early as possible.

  • Initial VPCAT Mentor Meeting: A 1-hour meeting with the scholar, their scientific mentor, assigned VPCAT mentor, and VPCAT staff to take place no later than the end of March 2021.
  • VPCAT Curricular Sessions: Curricular sessions are held from 12:30 to 4:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (except July and December). Lunch is provided at each session. A minimum of 80% attendance is required per year.

RFA Instructions

Below are the 2020 VPCAT Scholar Cohort Application documentation and associated program material for consideration. The 2021 application documents will be released in Summer 2020. Questions on the application process, instructions, or mandatory requirements should be directed to the VPCAT Program Coordinator, Jenny Cochrane, either via email or phone (801-585-9354), or see the VPCAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

2020 VPCAT Scholar Cohort RFA Documents Associated VPCAT Program Documents