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Research Scholars

Postbaccalaureate Program to Diversify STEM

A mentored 1-year postbaccalaureate research fellowship designed to increase the number of NIH-defined underrepresented students in fundamental biological research

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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

  • 2022



    Application Open

  • 2023



    Application Deadline

  • 2023



    Notification of Awards

  • 2023



    Program Begins

  • 2024



    Program Ends

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 will attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS) with the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists supports the mission of the Research Scholars Program as it is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented scientists at various stages of their professional and educational journeys and provides additional programming for graduate students, postdocs, and non-students. The Research Scholars will submit an abstract for a poster presentation in September and have an opportunity to be selected to present at the conference.

Program Requirements

Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with a B.S. or B.A. degree in a STEM field. Selection preference will be given to members of communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM as defined by the NIH. 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 24, 2023.

  • 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

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Meet our Research Scholars

Learn about participants of the Stowers Research Scholars Program.

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