Pre-doctoral Training Program in Neurobehavioral Genetics


Participants will receive two years of support through the training grant. The second year will be contingent upon submitting an individual NRSA award or equivalent fellowship. The mentor must commit to funding and supporting the trainee during the third year of the program.

In addition to the research training with the mentor, the program includes participation in three required courses (Phenotypic Measurement of Complex Traits (NS240), Advanced Human Genetics (HG236B); Genomic Technologies (HG244)], the Neurogenetics Affinity Group seminar series, and seminars in the ethical conduct of research.



All candidates must identify a mentor who shall make the nomination. Trainees will be eligible to enter the program, upon completion of the first year of graduate studies. Students in the MD/PhD program or medical doctors who wish to obtain a Ph.D. through the Specialty Program in Advanced Research (STAR) program are also eligible.

Candidates will be selected primarily on the basis of prior research accomplishments and academic promise. We particularly seek qualified minority candidates.

Application process:

Applications are being accepted and will be reviewed expeditiously by the program admissions committee. Depending on the initial pool of applicants, we may accept additional candidates after this point; therefore, we encourage nomination of outstanding candidates throughout the academic year.

Applications should include:

  1. Complete CV;
  2. One page personal statement indicating you are interested in this training program, why you have chosen to work with a particular mentor, and the research plan to be conducted in the mentor's research group;
  3. Letter of nomination from the mentor. This letter should indicate that the mentor is prepared to fund the third year of the candidate's program and that the mentor and candidate will participate in the program activities as required.
  4. Two additional letters of recommendation.

The application may include as appendices up to 3 published or submitted manuscripts, as well as any grant proposals written by the candidate.

For questions, contact:
Adara Lui