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Research Scholars

Stowers Postbaccalaureate Program

A mentored 1-year postbaccalaureate research fellowship designed to broaden participation in basic biomedical research and prepare participants for advancement into successful research careers

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Stowers Research Scholars

Stowers Research Scholars experience guided research opportunities in a Stowers laboratory and participate in courses and programs associated with our highly competitive Ph.D. program. In addition, Research Scholars have access to career development counseling and graduate school application mentoring from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice Dean, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Key Dates

  • 2023



    Application Open

  • 2024



    Application Deadline

  • 2024



    Program Begins

  • 2025



    Program Ends

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Applications are now open.

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Research Scholars Highlights

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Independent Research Project

Research Scholars have the opportunity to expand their education and skills through hands-on laboratory experiences that stress highly critical thinking. These experiences result in an independent research project that the scholars present at the end of the program.

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Professional Development

The program provides academic and career counseling as well as assistance throughout the graduate school application process. Research Scholars participate in a variety of workshops and seminars focusing on professional and personal development.

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Conference Attendance

Research Scholars are eligible for a conference allowance for the duration of the program. The purpose of the conference allowance is for research scholars to attend a scientific conference or training. A few examples of what the funds can be used for including but are not limited to: conference registration costs, airfare, ground transportation, hotel or similar lodging and meals.

Program Requirements

Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with a B.S. or B.A. degree in a STEM field. Degree must be conferred prior to the program start date.

Compensation and Benefits

The Graduate School is committed to giving each research scholar the best research experience in an unrivaled research environment. Research Scholars do not pay a fee to participate in the program and receive a competitive salary and benefits.

  • $36,000 annual salary
  • Relocation and temporary housing benefits
  • Access to medical, pharmacy, and dental insurance
  • Laptop and software
  • Allowance to attend a scientific conference

What you’ll need to apply

Read over your application carefully before submission. It cannot be altered afterwards. The application deadline is at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 23, 2024.

  • Completed GradCAS application:
    • Cover Letter
    • CV/Resume
    • Personal Statement (500 words max)
      • Explain your background and how your interests in STEM developed
    • Statement of relevant coursework or past research experience (500 words max)
      • Describe key courses you’ve taken or research experiences you’ve had and explain how they have prepared you for research work
    • Statement of Career Goals and Research Interests (250 words max)
      • Explain your long-term career goals and where you see your research heading in the future
    • Unofficial College Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation to be sent through the GradCAS portal:
    • Requests must be made with enough time for recommenders to submit their recommendation by the application deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

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Take a look at Research Scholars FAQ

Answers to questions asked by previous research scholars might help you during the application process.

Research Scholars FAQ

Meet our Research Scholars

Learn about participants of the Stowers Research Scholars Program.

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