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Program Eligibility 

Our program is open to pre-doctoral students matriculated in the participating departments and programs at Stanford University who will be starting the second year of their PhD program, and in exceptional cases, their third year.  The requirement for our trainees to pursue research projects rooted in biotechnology, necessitates trainees to be appointed as rising second year students. It is expected that trainees will have broad interests in the area of biotechnology.

Students selected for this program can join as an appointed trainee (with NIH T32 grant funding) or as participating trainee (with funding from other sources). All trainees are expected to commit to and participate in all program components, and their involvement should continue through the duration of their PhD program. 

Application Process

We send out a call for applications in the spring of each year.  Submitted applications are reviewed by the Faculty Program Directors and Steering Committee members for fit with program focus and goals.  In-person interviews will be conducted with top candidates to evaluate commitment to program requirements, interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and overall interest and passion to be leaders and innovators in biotechnology.  Final candidates will be selected and notified in early/mid-summer.  

Based on available funding from outside sources, a number of additional students will also be considered for acceptance into the program, as non-NIH funded trainees.

For more details on eligibility and applying to the training program, contact Andrea Aguilera (