Research Education and Training Center (RETC)
Graduate Student Programs
The Cleveland Clinic offers joint Ph.D. programs through formal partnerships with Cleveland
State University (CSU), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Kent State
University (KSU) and the University of Akron (UA). Many Cleveland Clinic faculty also have adjunct, joint or
primary appointments at CSU, CWRU, KSU and UA making it possible to complete the
research requirements for a Ph.D. with an advisor at the Cleveland Clinic and
graduate with a degree from one of these local universities.
For all programs, except Molecular Medicine, course work for the degree is taken at the university, although in the case of joint degree programs, some instructors may choose to have courses meet at the Clinic. In all cases, the student applicant must apply directly to the graduate school and the university program that they are interested in.
- Case Western Reserve University
- Cleveland State University
- Kent State University
- University of Akron
Once the student has been accepted to the university degree program, inquiries may be made regarding the possibility of conducting the research work for the Ph.D. at the Cleveland Clinic, working with a Cleveland Clinic faculty advisor.
Support for Students
Lerner Graduate Student Association
The Lerner Graduate Student Association is dedicated to providing a link between graduate students, LRI faculty and staff, and the surrounding Cleveland area. Our main goal is to represent all LRI graduate students and advocate for their unique needs and concerns in order to maximize academic and professional development
The goal of the Lerner Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is to foster a sense of community amongst graduate students. We aim to provide support and resources for graduate students, as well as recognize their achievements and contributions to the LRI research community. Our hope is to create a more collegial atmosphere that will unite the over 150 graduate students of the LRI.
All graduate students are eligible to become members of LGSA. For more information please contact Sarah Kostiha Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Awards for Students enrolled in Cleveland Clinic PhD Partnership Programs
F. Merlin Bumpus Junior Investigator Awards are presented at the annual Cleveland Clinic Research Day to recognize outstanding contributions submitted by junior scientists in training (Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students) for presentation at the event. The abstracts and oral presentations of the semifinalists are judged by the Research Day abstract review committee.
The LRI Research Education and Training Center (RETC) invites applications for the Graduate Student Awards for Excellence. Awardees receive a plaque, a cash prize and recognition at the State of the LRI.
Guidelines for submission and deadline posted each April.
Graduate Program Contact Information at the Cleveland Clinic
For additional information on the graduate programs available through the Cleveland Clinic Lerner
Research Institute please contact:
Sarah Kostiha Smith
Program Manager, Predoctoral Training
Program Manager, Molecular Medicine PhD Program