KL2 Scholars Program


The overall goal of the postdoctoral KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Award Program is to increase the number and quality of independently funded clinical and translational research investigators.

The KL2 Scholar Awards provide two years of didactic and mentored research training for postdoctorates or professional doctorates (M.D., Pharm.D., Dr.PH., D.O., etc.) who are committed to academic careers in multidisciplinary clinical or translational research. Didactic course work leading to a Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H. or graduate certificate may be pursued. Generous financial support and benefits are provided for postdoctoral scholars, fellows and junior faculty.

Salary and Benefits

  • 75 percent of the scholar’s salary (up to $95,000, including fringe). If 75 percent salary exceeds $95,000, the college/department/division will need to support the balance.
  • Up to $25,000 per year for research, tuition, travel expenses and education materials in support of the scholar’s career development plan.


  • A doctoral-level degree in a health discipline that can be applied to clinical or translational research. These degrees include, but are not limited to, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Dr.PH., or D.O.
  • Must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Must be committed to a career focused on clinical or translational investigation.
  • Must be a full-time UAMS faculty member at the rank of instructor or above, able to devote 75 percent professional effort to the program for a minimum of two years.
  • Must have the support of a mentor approved by the program, and the approval of their department chair.
  • Candidates are not allowed to have served as principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01, K series or sub project of a P or M series grant.

Funding Cycle

The KL2 Program currently runs August 1 through July 31. The application deadline for the 2019 cohort has passed. The next round of applications is expected to be released in the spring of 2020.


Current KL2 scholars

2019 Scholars 

Tara Johnson
Tara Johnson, M.D. | Bio

Stefanie Kennon-McGill, Ph.D. | Bio

Pearman Parker
Pearman Parker, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN|Bio

Isabella Racine Miousse
Isabella Racine Miousse, Ph.D.|Bio

Jennifer Vincenzo
Jennifer Vincenzo, Ph.D.,M.P.H, PT| Bio

2017 Scholars

Dr Brents
Lisa Brents, Ph.D. | Bio

Sufna John, Ph.D.
Sufna John, Ph.D. | Bio

Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.P.H., M.B.Ch.B.,M.P.H.
Rosemary Nabaweesi,  
Dr.P.H., M.B.Ch.B.,M.P.H. | Bio

Carolina Schinke, M.D.
Carolina Schinke, M.D. | Bio

Program Leadership

Brooks Gentry
Brooks Gentry, M.D.
Director, KL2 Scholar Program
Nia Indelicato
Nia Indelicato, MNO, CRS
KL2, Pilot Awards Program, All Staff
Assistant Director of Programs- Pilots, KL2, & Profiles
Miesha Hall
Miesha Hall, MHA, CHAA
KL2, All Staff
KL2 Program Manager