Application Process

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At U-M PREP, we will welcome applications for the 2020-2021 academic year from January 6 through March 31, 2020.

Begin or revisit your online application HERE.

All applications are carefully reviewed and evaluated by our Advisory Committee and we contact all of our applicants with a response beginning in early May.

Please ensure that you meet the following PREP Eligibility criteria before applying:

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the Michigan Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program is stipulated by NIH grant requirements.

Applicants to PREP:

  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must have already graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP.
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH, including: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
  • Must plan to apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science after successful completion of PREP.

Application Details

Applicants must complete an online application which includes an essay portion, and provide electronic unofficial copies of college transcripts from all institutions attended, and three letters of recommendation. Unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate degree-granting institution uploaded into your application are sufficient for admission review. However, please make sure you are submitting a copy of your transcript and not an advising report or grade print-out. The name of your prior institution, the courses you took, and the grades you received should all be clearly visible. If your degree has already been granted, a degree granted date should also be visible.