Application Guidelines

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Decisions Out: Before June 30, 2016

Cohort 4 start:  September 9, 2016

Email with any questions.


PhD Student Applicants

To be considered for the program, PhD student applicants must:

  • Be full-time students in a doctoral program, in good standing
  • Be in their third year or beyond of graduate study
  • Have completed their qualifying examinations and advanced to candidacy by the start of the program. We are aware some programs have different timelines and definitions. Email with any questions about eligibility.

Postdoctoral Applicants

To be considered for the program, postdoctoral applicants must:

  • have completed at least six months in their mentor's lab.

Application Guidelines

Application Submission

Applicants can fill out an application online.

  • Once you fill out the form, hit the submit button at the bottom of the page.

Letter of Support

All applicants will need to submit a letter of support from their primary mentor/adviser.

  • Mentors should 
    • State their support for the applicant’s participation in this program
    • Discuss the applicant's academic and research progress
  • Submission: Emailed by mentor or applicant to

Evaluation Criteria

As you put together application materials, please consider how the selection committee will evaluate the applications:

  • current GPA (for predoctoral trainees only)
  • undergraduate GPA (for predoctoral trainees only)
  • strength of application essays
  • evidence of prior activities providing exposure to careers outside  academia
  • level of support evident in mentor’s letter


Nominations will be reviewed by a faculty committee convened by the BEST Executive Committee.