Sample Research Trajectory

The following sample assumes a fellow without prior research experience.

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

Before starting fellowship

December-June: Investigate expertise of interest in Seattle; consider and then contact potential mentors to explore possibilities; discuss with Fellowship Director/Research Director

Year 1:


Interview potential research mentors and select a laboratory

Begin reading relevant background material to become familiar with the field.

Begin experiments.

Review format and process of grants and papers during orientation.


Select Scholarly Oversight Committee

Continue reading and conducting initial experiments.

Work on laboratory techniques, clearly state research questions and specific aims of your project. Begin generating data.

Write the background section of future papers/grants.


In January present first research conference at Pediatric ID Research Conference.

Continue to generate data, identify data needed for grants/publications and begin acquiring these data, trouble shoot experiments.

 During this timeframe the fellow should begin to design their own experiments.

 Begin planning/submission process of abstracts to national meetings.

Year 2:


Meet with mentors during the summer to discuss career progress, grants and papers.

Continue acquiring data; write methods sections for grants/publications.

Identify national meetings appropriate for presentation of research.

Identify the data required for a publication, and continue acquiring these data.


By the middle of this year, fellows should begin to design their own research plan.

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 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 Awards

Continue to generate data for publications and focused on Aims in grant proposal that you submitted.

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.