Application Procedure

Entry into the PREP is competitive and based on past research experience, research interests and career plans. The application deadline is March 31, 2018 and positions begin in the summer of 2018. However, positions will be filled as suitable applications are received so it is advisable to apply as early as possible.

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. 

See the NIH PREP website for more information on eligibility:

The application consists of two elements:
The application consists of several sections, including a personal statement, and will require you to upload your most recent college transcript. Before beginning the application, make sure that you have all your information gathered and your transcript saved as a Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF file, as you will not be able to save your work and return later. 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.

1. PREP Application (the application is closed as of 4/1/18 - we will reopen in late Fall 2018 for the 2019-20 academic year)

2. Faculty Recommendation Forms:  Please arrange for three individuals to submit a recommendation form using the relevant link below.  Although you will list these three individuals in your application, we do not contact them. Submit your online recommendation here.

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

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.