Genetics Training Program: How to Apply

U-M Campus

Trainees are expected to achieve a strong foundation in genetics as well as complete the degree requirements of their Ph.D. department. The program is flexible in order to meet students' special interests.

The program currently has 11 funded positions. Students are typically supported during their second and third years of graduate study. New students will be admitted to the program in the fall term with a September 1 start date. 

Application Process

The Genetics Training Program is administered by an Executive Committee (EC) comprised of one faculty representative from each of the six participating departments. Students who have selected genetics-oriented thesis research in one of these departments are eligible to apply. The student's faculty adviser should contact their department EC representative and provide the following materials.

Summary Sheet

I. Background information (available from departmental student services staff):

  1. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  2. Letters of recommendation from the student's original application.
  3. Undergraduate and graduate GPA.
  4. Rotation evaluations.

II. Student statement of interest:  A one-page statement of interest demonstrating the student's commitment to further training in genetics, including evidence from prior research experience, rotation experiences, and coursework.

III. Student biosketch on NIH form - Download NIH biosketch form in Microsoft Word (right click link & save as)

IV. Letter from faculty advisor:  A letter of recommendation should be addressed to the Genetics Training Program Executive Committee indicating willingness to be the student's advisor, attesting to the student's bona fide interest in genetics, assessing the student's qualities (strengths and weaknesses), and describing the genetics content of the student's potential thesis research.

The Genetics Training Program is accepting applications. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 10, 2024.

Selection Process:  Department representatives present their candidates at a meeting of the Executive Committee for evaluation and selection.

For more information, please contact:

Ashley Andreae
Department of Human Genetics
4909 Buhl, SPC 5618
(734) 998-4798
[email protected]


The Genetics Training Program strongly supports the University of Michigan Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as summarized in these principles:

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, (dis)ability status, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.