Who is the K Scholars Society for?

This program is designed for scholars within the UCLA CTSI partner institutions who have current career developments awards from the National Institutes of Health (e.g. K01, K08, K23, K99/R00), or equivalent awards from other federal (e.g. DOD, VA) and non-federal (e.g. AHA, ACS, Doris Duke) funding agencies.

Two-Year Curriculum Activities

  • Monthly meetings generally take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm. Ad hoc sessions are also scheduled as needed.
  • Monthly Didactic Seminars (1 hr): grant writing, communication, storytelling, presentation skills, team science, career strategy, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and leadership training.
  • Monthly Work-in-Progress Sessions (1 hr): Investigators will have the opportunity to present their work in progress to a diverse group of scholars and faculty.
  • Priority for Grant Writing Studios: These are individually tailored to each scholar for longitudinal mentoring on NIH K and R grant submissions. Studios are comprised of a panel of 3-4 mentors (scientific, career and statistics) with expertise in K and/or R grant development. The panel meets with the scholar 2-3 times from the concept phase to final product. The scholar will then participate in a mock study section for a final review of the draft grant application.
  • NIH Mock Study Sections: Investigators will have the opportunity to submit final drafts of their NIH grant applications for grantsmanship review by senior faculty and peer reviewers. These are designed to simulate an actual NIH study section.

Program Resources

  • Professional grant writer consultations
  • Scientific networking
  • Foster and nurture multidisciplinary collaborations

Other CTSI Resources

  • Watch videos of presentations from previous grant writing workshops
  • Request access to the UCLA CTSI Grant Library of funded NIH Grant applications

If you have questions, please email CTSIWD@mednet.ucla.edu.

You must:

  • Be an investigator from one of the UCLA CTSI institutions (Cedars-Sinai, CDU, Lundquist Institute Harbor-UCLA, and UCLA Westwood).

  • Have a current NIH K or equivalent other federal (e.g. DOD) or foundation (e.g. AHA, Doris Duke) career development award. You will be asked to supply grant information and the Notice of Award (for non-NIH grants) in the registration form.

  • Be able to complete the two-year curriculum.


  • Request for applications: May
  • Application deadline: early July
  • Start date: 3rd Tuesday of July