PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)

PREP Application Procedure

The PREP is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  Entry into the PREP is competitive and based on past research experience, research interests and career plans.  The application opens in late fall with a deadline of March 31.  Positions begin in the summer.  

Eligibility:  The University of Chicago PREP follows the eligibility guidelines that are set by NIH.  To participate in the PREP program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research or from a disadvantaged background;
  • Have a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science field from an accredited U.S. college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying to a PREP; and
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a degree program.

Please see the NIH PREP website for more information on eligibility:

The PREP Application Consist Of Two Elements:

1. PREP Application Form 
(Please check back – the 2020-21 application link will be available here starting in December 2019.)

2. Faculty Recommendation Forms 
Please arrange for three individuals to submit a recommendation form using this link.  Although you will list these three individuals in your application, we do not contact them. 

PREP Application Notes: The application consists of several sections, including a personal statement, and will require you to upload your most recent unofficial college transcript.  Before beginning the application, make sure that you have all your information gathered and your transcript saved as a PDF or Word (.doc or .docx) file.  If you are unable to upload your transcript at this time, you may submit the application form and then email us at for specific instructions.  Students who are admitted to the program will be required to submit official transcripts.

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application.  Please contact us at if you do not receive a confirmation.

1.  Individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedicine, encompassing all relevant social, behavioral as well as health sciences, are strongly encouraged to apply.
2.  Applications are encouraged from any individuals with a demonstrated commitment to increase the full participation of underrepresented groups in biomedicine. 

In keeping with its long-standing tradition and policies, the University of Chicago, in admissions, employment, and access to programs, considers students and employees on the basis of individual merit without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethinic origin, handicap, or other factors irrelevant to work or study in the programs of the University.

Glory Velazquez (PREP class of 2017): “The PREP program exposed me to high quality educational opportunities, which prepared me for my future doctoral studies. During my time in the program, I was surrounded by a supportive and productive environment, which helped me expand both my knowledge and research skills.”

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