Clinical Scientist Training Program Admissions


Students may join the program for one year and receive a Certificate of Added Qualification, or for two or more years for an M.S. (two to three years) or Ph.D. (three to five years) degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Applicants to the degree programs must hold an M.D. degree and an appoint at Baylor College of Medicine. CAQ applicants must have an M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and hold a benefits eligible appointment at BCM.

All students seeking a degree in the CSTP will apply to the M.S. program. Those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. may apply to transfer to the Ph.D. program after completing a minimum of 30 didactic credits and prior to the end of term 1 of their third year.


M.S. (and future Ph.D.) Degree Applicants


Application Deadline: March 1

M.S. applicants must be assured of at least 75 percent protected time for research and research-related activities for the entire duration of their participation in the CSTP.

Go to the Graduate School Application to apply online. Note: some sections may be left blank and additional documents are required for the CSTP application. Read the information below for each section of the application before beginning the online application process.

Program Selection:
First Choice: specify Clinical Scientist Training Program - M.S. 
Second Choice: Leave BLANK.

General Information: Required

Demographic Information: Required

Personal Statement: Describe why you are considering a degree in Clinical Investigation and believe it will help your career development. State your current position at Baylor and describe what your career expectations are in next three to five years.

Academic History: Required

Transcripts: Required

Standardized Test Scores: Leave blank

Research Experience: Required. Upload a one-page Research Statement that includes a description of all of your research experiences. Include what you learned and the significance of the work.

Work Experience: Complete

Honors: Leave blank

Publications: Leave blank

Publication Attachments: Upload the five additional required documents. These include:

  • Research Proposal: Submit a three-page research proposal, written by you with your mentor, including the knowledge gap, goal/objectives, hypothesis, aims, and the experimental plan.
  • One-Page Summary: Submit a one-page summary of the project’s aims and brief justification of how the project is appropriate for the degree timeline.
  • NIH-style Biosketch
  • NIH-style Biosketch of Mentor
  • List of mentor's research trainees for the past 15 years (exclude clinical trainees)

Letters of Recommendation: You need at least three; view details below.

  • From your mentor. This letter must include your mentor’s agreement to attend the CSTP all day retreat in February and participate in mentorship training (organized by the CSTP at a date to be determined).
  • From your section chief or department chair. This letter must state that you will receive a minimum of 75 percent protected time for the duration of the program, salary support, and research supplies if your mentor is unable to provide them.*
  • From previous research mentor, if you have one. If not, then from someone who knows you and your research potential well.
  • The online application will send a request to your referees who will then upload the letter of recommendation directly to your application. Convey the above requirements to your mentor and division chief/department chair before submitting your completed application.
  • *All CSTP trainees are expected to be completely committed to the program. It is recognized that you will have limited commitment to your clinical services, but this cannot exceed the equivalent of approximately one day per week.

Submission: Required


Certificate of Added Qualification


Application Deadline: May 1. CAQ applicants must have an M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and hold a benefits eligible appointment at BCM.

Application Materials for CAQ

CAQ Application Form 2024

Combine ALL documents into a single PDF file in the order listed below and send the completed package to the CSTP program administrator, Kelly Levitt (

  • Application form 
  • A summary of proposed research, written by the student and the mentor, including significance, hypothesis and experimental approach (1‐3 pages)
  • A one-page personal statement describing research experience, research and career goals, and how this program will help in reaching these goals
  • Letter of support from mentor, describing mentor's active support for your project and committing to serve as a grant reviewer in a term five mock study section.
  • Letter of support from division chair OR section chief OR program director stating that you will have protected time to attend all classes and have time to conduct research (50 percent minimum recommended) 
  • NIH‐style biosketch of mentor
  • List of mentor's research trainees for the past 15 years. Exclude clinical trainees.
  • Your NIH-style biosketch