BCM PREP Program begins in June. The exact program dates will be announced at a later date. Applications will open mid-November and will be accepted beginning Dec. 1.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded BCM PREP Scholar grants (GM069234-2003-2014) to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for Baylor College of Medicine to help under-represented college graduates prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study. Scholars will complete the program within 12 months, depending on each scholar's individual development plan. There are seven positions available each year.

The program features:

  • Paid mentored biomedical research at one of the nation's top institutions
  • A molecular and cellular biology course designed for the program
  • Weekly Introduction to Graduate Research workshops
  • Standardized Test Preparatory Course
  • Graduate school application workshops
  • Individual counseling on applying to Ph.D. programs
  • Individual tutoring and development in specific areas
  • Interaction with a vibrant community of more than 90 under-represented students Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students

PREP Scholars

PREP Scholars will work three-fourths time as technicians and conduct research at the frontier of biomedical science at a current salary of $27,200/year. The program director will work with each scholar to identify the lab mentor that best matches each scholar's interests and goals.

Scholars will participate intellectually in research through directed reading of scientific papers, in lab meetings, journal clubs and seminars that relate to their research interests. Faculty and graduate student mentoring and attending Initiative for Maximizing Student Development meetings and scientific conferences will help inspire and motivate participants to strive for excellence as they become members of the scientific community. Scholars will be eligible for health insurance and other benefits available to employees.

Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering
Cancer Research
Cardiovascular Sciences
Cell Biology
Computational Biology
Developmental Biology
Gene Therapy Technology
Molecular & Human Genetics
Molecular Biology
Structural Biology


Our free online applications will open mid-November. The final application deadline is March 15, 2019.  Applications received by Jan. 1, 2019 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Before you Apply:

  1. Are you a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident?
  2. Were you awarded your baccalaureate degree no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP?
  3. Are you part of an underrepresented group in science?

The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be UR in science: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, individuals from a disadvantaged background and women in math intensive research. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html