Sample Research Trajectory

The following sample assumes a fellow without prior research experience who will complete clinical training over three years.

Before starting fellowship

Fellowship acceptance--December

  • Investigate expertise of interest in Seattle
  • Discuss potential research projects with Fellowship Director/Research Director
  • Contact potential mentors and discuss possible projects (contact facilitated by the fellowship program)
  • Narrow scope of research projects prior to starting fellowship

Year 1:


  • Interview potential research mentors if needed and select a research project
  • Begin reading relevant background material to become familiar with the field
  • Begin research and form a scholarly oversight committee
  • Review format and process of grants and papers during orientation


  • Continue reading and conducting initial studies
  • Clearly state research questions and specific aims of your project; Begin generating data; Present research plan to your scholarly oversight committee
  • Write the background section of future papers/grants
  • Begin career planning


  • Present first research conference at Pediatric ID Research Conference
  • Continue to generate data, identify data needed for grants/publications and begin acquiring these data, troubleshoot research approach
  • Begin planning/submission process of abstracts to national meetings
  • Meet with scholarly oversight committee to discuss career progress, presentation at meetings, writing grants and papers

Year 2:


  • Continue acquiring data; write methods sections for grants/publications
  • Identify and submit to national meetings appropriate for presentation of research
  • Identify the data required for a publication, and continue acquiring these data


  • By the middle of the 2nd year of training, fellows should begin to design their own research plan in conjunction with their research mentor
  • Write a preliminary outline of the publication of work done in fellowship (more if you are able). Submit publication by end of second year if possible
  • Present work at the Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Conference
  • Present preliminary data at a national meeting
  • Begin organizing preliminary data and drafting Hypotheses and Aims for a career development award from the NIH or a private foundation
  • Discuss career plans with program director, SOC and research mentor
  • Plan to submit Career Development Awards

Year 3:


  • Submit initial proposal for a Career Development Award
  • Continue to generate data for publications and focused on Aims in grant proposals
  • Submit publication if not done or complete additional papers as appropriate
  • Discuss next steps in career planning with program director, and research mentors
  • Present work at a national meeting, network, continue to explore career opportunities


  • Finalize career plans including funding options, additional grant submissions if necessary