University of Michigan Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Students receive a full tuition scholarship, salary and and benefits for physical and biological science research.

Our goal is to recruit students who discover an interest in experimental science late in their undergraduate career, or even after graduation, and as a result have less extensive experience than other stronger applicants. In other cases, students may have adequate research experience, but have specific deficiencies in their academic background that weakens their graduate school application. In all cases, students will have the opportunity to complete additional needed coursework, while gaining additional research experience working in labs of our noted faculty.

In addition to research, PREP students have opportunities to participate, at no charge, in a variety of activities designed to enhance their preparation for graduate school applications, including:

A preparation course for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Orientation and social activities

Seminars and journal clubs

One or two University of Michigan graduate or undergraduate courses, chosen in consultation with PREP Directors to help the student prepare for graduate work

Regular group meetings to present research projects and discuss graduate school/career advice with the Director or Associate Directors

“Preparing Future Faculty” and other career development events of interest to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Deadline Information

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident (only)

2. Graduated or in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 month prior to applying to PREP, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

3. Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

4. Plan to apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science after the successful completion of PREP.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an online application which includes an essay portion, and provide electronic unoffical copies of college transcripts from all institutions attended, and three letters of recommendation. Unofficial transcripts from undergraduate degree-granting institution submitted through FluidReview is sufficient. Do not request official transcripts to be mailed to PREP.

Information and dates for the next submission cycle will be announced soon.