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Stowers Research Scholars

Postbaccalaureate Program to Diversify STEM

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is now accepting applications for Stowers Research Scholars, a mentored 1-year postbaccalaureate research fellowship. Through guided research experience and academic career mentoring, this program aims to increase the number of NIH-defined underrepresented students in fundamental biological research.

Along with guided research opportunities in one of our many laboratories, Stowers Research Scholars will be eligible to access courses and programming associated with our highly competitive PhD program. In addition, Research Scholars will have access to career development counseling and graduate school application mentoring from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean and Vice Dean of the Graduate School.


Program requirements

  • A passion for the basic biological sciences.
  • BA or BS in a STEM field.
  • Interest in pursuing an advanced research degree.

Prior lab experience is not required.



  • $36,000/yr
  • Relocation and housing benefit
  • Laptop computer
  • Travel allowance to attend a scientific conference



United States citizens or permanent residents with a BS or BA 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.

How to apply

Please fill out this application form and send the following materials to

  1. Two letters of recommendation emailed to the address above:
    Each letter should state the APPLICANT’S name in the subject line.
  2. A single .pdf file containing all of the following items in one document, emailed to the address above:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. CV/Resume
    3. Personal Statement (500 words max)
      Explain your background and how your interests in STEM developed.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Unofficial College Transcripts