NOVEMBER 15, 2019

Dear Post-Doctoral Investigator:

Thank you for your interest in the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundationís Fellowship Programs. The Foundation funds research in three areas: child and adolescent ADHD, child and adolescent depression, and access to care.

The goal of the Fellowship Programs is to encourage your institutions to support your research so that you may go on to lead larger, groundbreaking projects in child and adolescent psychiatry. The Fellowship Programs are at the core of our Foundationís work, and we pride ourselves on helping a cadre of professionals build a bridge from the early stages of their careers to established careers as funded scientists through K awards or other grants.

The Foundation desires that the research it supports produce a direct [and tangible] benefit to children and their families. As such, applicants should be certain to explain, in clear terms designed to be understood by lay people, how their research project will help children and families suffering from these conditions.

Our past and current fellows report to us that the receipt of the Klingenstein Fellowship was a tremendous support in the development of their research careers. Here are two examples of what former fellows have said:

[The Fellowship] was very important funding to help me secure my career development from NIMH . . .  – Kiki Chang, 2002 Fellow, Stanford University and KTGF Advisory Board Member

For me, the fellowship came at a time when I was feeling discouraged.  It gave me the opportunity to develop my ideas and protected time to pursue my research career.  Thanks to the fellowship, I was able to go on and obtain a K Award and develop my own research career.  – Laura Richardson 2002 Fellow and Investigator, Child Health Institute, University of Washington

I encourage you to review the project abstracts of the current fellows for examples of the kinds of projects that the Foundation funds.

If you are interested in becoming a fellow, please consider the following information.

General Information

First, your institution must be approved to submit nominations by the Foundation.  To find out whether your institution has been approved, please ask your Department Chair or email If your institution is already approved, or once your Department Chair has secured approval, your Department Chair may nominate you for a fellowship if you meet the eligibility requirements.  You should have a Ph.D. or M.D. and you should have completed all your clinical training.  You should be at the junior faculty level or on a trajectory to attain junior faculty status, although the Foundation will consider nominations of candidates in T32 and other designated research training programs.  Regardless, the Foundation considers your commitment to pediatric psychiatry a prerequisite to your application. The Foundation generally funds human research but is willing to consider translational studies conducted in animals, provided there is clear and demonstrable relevance to human populations. However, applicants proposing translational studies using animal models should take care to highlight the clinical relevance of the work, and the commitment of the applicant to conduct translational research with relevance to the clinical syndromes and their treatment.

Second, you will need to secure mentorship for your project. Your primary mentor must be at your institution and must submit a letter describing his or her support of your project and your training. If your project requires a substantial contribution from a mentor at a different site, this mentor will also be required to submit a letter of recommendation.

Third, the fellowship competition is run in two stages, and is completed entirely online. No paper or email submissions will be accepted

Access to care projects need not focus specifically on the target areas of ADHD and depression but, if they do not, they should at a minimum have wide-spread applicability to child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Projects that focus on ADHD or depression should indicate the desired impact on those conditions; those that do not should indicate how the project impacts child and adolescent psychiatric conditions more generally and potential applicability to ADHD and depression more specifically.

The Foundation wishes to fund innovative projects to improve access to care, broadly defined. Examples could include (but are not restricted to): training non-psychiatrists to provide mental health services in underserved areas, novel approaches to improve access to healthcare - including both service delivery models and other supportive considerations such as financing, improving the portability of services, using technology such as tele-psychiatry, removing legal, regulatory or other known barriers to access to care.

To view the nomination entry and application forms, please go to Fellowship Program Applications for a link to our online application system. Below, we review the content of the online application system.

Phase 1: Nomination Entry

The first stage requires:

  • A letter of nomination from the Chair of your institutionís Department of Psychiatry;
  • One-page abstract;
  • Information regarding primary investigator's current and pending grants.

The Letter of Nomination MUST BE SIGNED, and it must indicate the following:

  • The Department Chair opened the institution's selection process to qualified candidates and selected a qualified applicant given the Foundationís guidelines.
  • The institutionís support for the primary investigatorís work, including: lab or office space and time; protection of research hours, if the grant is awarded; and access to appropriate faculty support;
  • A statement of support for the proposed study;
  • A statement of support for the candidateís qualities and potential to complete the study;
  • A statement of support for the quality of the primary mentor and mentorship team.

The Research Abstractís requirements are as follows:

  • The abstract must be one page maximum, written in 12-point font, in Times New Roman or larger script, with one-inch page margins. It may be single-spaced.
  • The abstract should be written for a laypersonís understanding.
  • The abstract should be organized into the following sections: aims/hypotheses, design, methods, and anticipated outcomes.

Phase 2: Fellowship Application

Upon satisfactory completion of the nomination requirements, your institution will be invited into the second round to submit a full application.

The Fellowship Application Requirements are as follows:

For the entire application (excluding letters of support), please follow these format guidelines: 12-point font, Times New Roman or larger script, one-inch margins, single or larger spacing.

  • Research Abstract:
    • 1-page maximum.
    • This abstract should be written for a laypersonís understanding.
    • The abstract should be organized into the following sections: hypotheses, methods, design, and outcomes/goals.

Note: This abstract may be the same as the one submitted for the first round, or you may submit a revised entry. If you do submit a revised entry, please indicate this - to avoid any potential confusion during the review process.

  • Research Proposal:
    • Format Requirements:
      • 7-page limit (including human subjects)
      • Figures, tables, diagrams, and similar items must be included within the page limit. References are not permitted as part of the proposal, but a separate section is permitted for references.
    • The Department Chair or Primary Mentor must sign the Research Proposal on the top of the first page to demonstrate scientific and institutional support for the proposal as written.
    • Please follow these Requirements for your proposal:
      • Adhere to the NIMH format, including the following sections: specific aims, significance, and approach (including preliminary studies, if relevant). The approach section (i.e., research plan) should include clearly stated hypotheses and procedures, a description of the population to be studied, measures to be used, the analytic plan, and a description of any special circumstances that may apply.
      • Included in the proposal should be a formal section on human subjects, describing all relevant issues and highlighting any special considerations that may apply.
      • Indicate whether you have applied for IRB approval, and if so, the date of the application or expected application. Note: No award will be final until IRB approval is obtained.
      • For animal studies, be sure to clearly demonstrate the relevance of your research to humans.
      • For resubmissions, if you are resubmitting a proposal which is substantially the same as a prior submission to the Foundation, we ask that you address any substantive comments made by the review committee about your prior submission. Given the large numbers of highly qualified submissions, there can be no guarantee that a re-submission will be successful even if the comments are adequately addressed.

  • References: A separate one-page document of references may be included.

  • Budget:
    • Please complete and upload the following budget form: KTGF-Budget-Form18.
      Target Start Date: June 1.
    • Given the lack of funding for young investigators, the KTGF has a strong desire to allow fellowship recipients to use the full amount of the fellowship awards. As such, it has been the KTGF's longstanding policy to keep indirect expenses as low as possible, and to avoid paying them altogether if possible. The KTGF regards an institution's willingness to waive indirect expenses as important evidence of institutional support which can weigh in the decision to make the award. That policy notwithstanding, the KTGF agrees that as much as 10% of the award may be allocated to indirect costs without penalty, although it reserves the right to consider the requested amount of indirect costs when making decisions regarding its awards. Also, please note that any such indirect expenses will be deducted from the awarded funding.
    • The office responsible for approving your budget must sign this form.
    • Please offer an explanation of your budget. Provide specific assurance that receipt of this award will not result in duplication of funding or in reduction of support from the host institution.
    • Please be sure to address the distribution between salary and research support. If there is a difference between % of effort and salary support taken in preparing the budget, it should be noted.

  • Primary Investigator Information:
    • NIH-style biosketch or biography portion of the CV only (including research projects).
    • Personal Statement: In one-page, please describe the primary investigator's past and current training, explaining how the fellowship will advance his or her professional development in child and adolescent psychiatry or psychology.
    • Other Funding Sources: Please list all university, foundation, and government grants. Provide a 200-word description, award amount, and percentage of time dedicated to the project.
    • In describing current funding and pending applications, please indicate any potential overlap and highlight the independence of the project proposed for the KTGF Fellowship.
    • Pending Funding: Indicate other sources of funding, if any, that are pending. Include date of submission and title.

  • Letters of Support:
    • Nomination Letter:
      • Please upload the department chairís letter of support.
      • This letter may be the same as the one uploaded for the first round, or it may be a revised version.
    • Primary Mentor: The Primary Mentor must be on-site. His or her letter should address the following:
      • How the mentor's areas of expertise correspond to the candidate's research project and will contribute to the candidate's overall growth as a primary investigator. This should include how the mentor's time will be allocated toward the candidate's project and specific manner in which this contact will aid the candidate during the Fellowship.
      • Document the mentorís qualifications and separately indicate track record as a mentor.
      • How the institution and/or the department will support the primary investigator and the mentor(s) in successful completion of the research project. This should include the percentage of time the institution will release for the proposed research, as well as details regarding institutional/department resources (including access to specialized equipment, office, and research space) and availability of statistical consultation.
      • The feasibility of successful completion of the project given the proposed research design, study population, technical requirements, and budget for completion.
      • If there is a secondary mentor(s), how the primary mentor will interact with the other mentor(s) to implement the overall program.
    • Secondary Mentor(s): While it is not required that there be secondary mentors, applicants who propose research involving expertise beyond their primary mentors' scope must indicate how they will receive sufficient training and supervision in these areas. In these circumstances, we require letters from secondary mentors explaining their role in the proposed Fellowship training and research project. The secondary mentor should also address his or her time commitment to the research and the nature of the mentorship. The secondary mentor(s) may be on site or off site.
    • Subjects Recruitment Letter: If you intend to recruit from a specific program or site, please include a letter of support and collaboration from the site director. This includes schools, other agencies, or relevant clinical or research programs within your own institution.


Nomination Entries are due 11:59 pm EST November 15
Fellowship Applications are due 11:59 pm January 10
Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they were granted a fellowship in late March

Please note, feedback will be given on all applications and candidates may reapply.
KTGF offers feedback with the hope that it will be helpful in advancing each applicantís research career. The feedback will reflect the most salient responses from the selection committee but is not intended as a comprehensive summary. For those who reapply, please understand that KTGF cannot predict either the level of funding or the quality or number of future applications on any given year. Therefore, KTGF cannot assure future submissions will be successful, even if they address the issues raised by the reviewers and offered as feedback to the applicant.

Please also be sure to carefully review the Fellowshipís Description for guidance on the Fellowship Program and application process.

I encourage you to reach out to your Department Chair and potential mentors to see whether your institution will support your project. And I hope that you will apply to the Foundation and join the ranks of our esteemed KTGF Fellows.


Sally Klingenstein Martell
Executive Director

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Foundation at and we will respond promptly.