The PSDP Steering Committee reviews all applications and selects a maximum of twenty candidates to invite for interviews. The Steering Committee may recommend revisions to an application before approving it for further consideration. Interviews are held virtually.

After the interviews are completed, the Selection Committee reconvenes to consider each application in light of the following criteria:

    • location and quality of the proposed research training site
    • quality of the research project
    • anticipated quality of career guidance and mentoring by the sponsoring department and research mentor
    • candidate’s understanding and appreciation of the relationship of the proposed research to clinical pediatrics
    • candidate’s commitment to a career in academic pediatrics and to scholarly and scientific endeavor
    • candidate’s intellectual curiosity, thoughtfulness, creativity and personal academic achievement
    • candidate’s attributes (e.g., life experiences or cultural experiences, disadvantaged background, disabilities) in addition to research-related ones that may contribute to their success

The Program Administrator will notify candidates of the Committee’s final decision in June.