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Application Requirements

BMHA Training Program Application Procedures

We invite applications from individuals who are interested in being considered for this program. Please note that all trainees in this program must be eligible to receive funding through the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award. 

For current open positions see Pre-Doc Openings and Post-Doc Openings

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

All applicants should prepare the following materials:

  1. A personal statement of two pages or less discussing your career goals, prior research experiences, current research goals, and what you hope to gain from participation in this program, as well as your commitment to geroscience research and how you hope impact diversity, equity and inclusion in science. 
  2. A proposed research plan. The research plan should clearly demonstrate the thematic relevance to program goals. The research plan can be brief and should not exceed four pages, including any figures. References do not count against the page limit.
  3. A resume, curriculum vitae, or NIH-style biosketch not to exceed four pages. Please include information on your citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please give information on your permanent resident status.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work as a scientist. Please have your referees e-mail their letters directly to the BMHA Administrative Office.
  5. One letter of support from your proposed research mentor. The research mentor must be a BMHA faculty member or must be approved for BMHA faculty status in order for your application to be considered.
  6. PDF Copies of any relevant scientific papers, published or in press, may be included.

Post-Docs who have not yet secured a UW appointment:
Applicants should contact the BMHA Training Faculty they are interested in working directly with and secure an invitation to join the lab prior to submitting an application to the BMHA Training Program. Please see Eligibility requirements below.


Please note that all NIH training grant positions are funded by the National Institute on Aging Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) which have the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Citizenship. Students must be U.S. citizens, residents of U.S. possessions (e.g., American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands) or permanent residents of the U.S. by the time of appointment to the grant. Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status.
  2. Prior Support. Each pre-doctoral trainee has up to five (5) years of total eligibility for Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grant support (T32, T34, T35, F30, F31, F32, and F33).  Each post-doctoral trainee has up to 3 years total support. If you have already received this length of funding on another training grant(s), you will not be eligible for support.
  3. Degree Requirements. Pre-doctoral research training is for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Washington leading to either a Ph.D., a comparable research doctoral degree, or a combined clinical degree and Ph.D., such as a M.D./Ph.D.  Post-doctoral research training is for individuals who have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.
  4. No more than 7 years from receipt of doctoral degree. The T32 program for post-docs is intended to provide a career development opportunity for the post-doctoral applicant, and thus, a primary criterion for evaluation is how the training experiences the applicant will receive would contribute to their career development and permanent employment. In this regard, the greatest impact that the program can make is felt to be upon applicants who have recently received their doctoral degrees. Applicants that have already had significant post-doctoral experience are considered to have already obtained significant post-doctoral training. The implication of this is that applicants are rarely considered when they are further than 4 years from receipt of their doctoral degree and are not considered eligible when this period is longer than 7 years.

Deadlines & Submission

Applications can be submitted at any time, but will typically be evaluated on a quarterly basis, depending on availability.

For questions about the BMHA Training Program or to submit your application, please contact the BMHA Administrative Office. For general questions or comments about the HALO Research Institute, please use this form.