PSTP: How to Apply

Trainees are expected to strong foundation in pharmacological sciences as well as complete the degree requirements of their Ph.D. program.  Our trainees engage in ourstrongcompetency based, interdisciplinary, yet individualized training that allows for their specialized interests. The program currently has 10 funded positions and is the process fo applying for renewal for the 2021-2022 year.  Junior Trainees are supported during their second andthirdyears of their doctoral studies. New trainees will be admitted to the program in July each year. 

Alina Chapman-Morales, Junior Trainee

Application Process

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program is administered by an Executive Committee (EC) comprised of one faculty representative from each of the four participating programs, along with the Program Director and Co-Director.  The PSTP supports doctoral students who are interested in developing a strong foundation in the basic principles of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, and acquiring a broad knowledge of other related basic science disciplines, so that they can ultimately direct cutting-edge research in pharmacology and therapeutics and address scientific questions from multiple perspectives.  Applicants should be finishing their first year of graduate school in good standing and be enrolled in either the College of Pharmacy (Medicinal Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral Programs) or the Medical School (Pharmacology or Biochemistry Doctoral Programs) to apply.  Their thesis mentor/advisor must a PSPT faculty member. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or have Permanent Residency in the United States.  

To apply to the program, students should complete the online application by no later than 5 pm, May 15, 2020.  All materials, including faculty letters of nomination and support, should be completed by the deadline.  

Application Instructions

I. Statement of Interest: Students should describe their thesis research, academic accomplishments, and explain why they are interested in joining the PSTP.  They should describe how their participation in the program will help them achieve their research and training goals. (1 page limit) *Submitted through online application. 

II. Background Information: (available from departmental student services staff)

  • Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation from the student's original application.
  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA (and GRE scores if available)
  • Rotation evaluations.

III. Student Biosketch on NIH form

IV. Letter of Nomination from thesis mentor.  Thesis mentor/advisor must a be PSTP faculty member.  The letter should be submitted through the online recommendation system.  The mentor should address the following in their letter of nomination:

  • Relevance of the student's research and fit with PSTP
  • The student's performance in the laboratory
  • An agreement to have the student meet PSTP program requirements
  • A statement assuring that the student will continue their involvement in PSTP activities following the conclusion of the training grant funding. 
  • Assurance of continuing financial support during and after the training grant funding concludes. 

NOTE: In the event that a student is still completing research rotations, they should solicit a nomination letter from the PSTP faculty member who is likely to become their thesis mentor. If the student is considering more than one PSTP lab at the time of application, letters from each mentor should be included. Students must commit to a PSTP lab prior to the start of their July 1 appointment. If the student intends to join a different lab, they should contact the executive committee via for further instruction.

V. Additional Letter of Support. Submitted through the online recommendation system.  This letter should address the relevance of the student's research and fit with PSTP and the students' performance in the laboratory. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 PSTP year. 

Selection Process: 

The PSTP Director/Co-Director and the Executive Committee will review the applications. All applicants will be invited to interview with the Executive Committee. 

During the interview, the Executive Committee will evaluate the applicant's interest in pharmacologically-related research, coursework, and other activities of the PSTP. The Executive Committee will then make final decisions for PSTP appointments. Selected students and their thesis mentors must sign a mentorship form agreeing to full participation in the PSTP, with required financial commitments, prior to the start of the appointment on July 1.

For more information, please contact:

Liz Oxford
Department of Pharmacology