The objective of  University of California Santa Cruz Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) is to provide individuals from underrepresented groups who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees with intensive research experience.  This will strengthen their candidacy for admission to the nation’s strongest Ph.D. programs, and prepare them to earn Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

The UCSC PREP Application for the 2021-2022 cohort is now opened. 

Application Components:

You will need to upload the following documents with this online application

-  Curriculum Vitae (CV)

-  Unofficial transcripts from each college or university that you attended (if you are selected we will require official transcripts to be sent before the official start date)


Your letter writers will send their letters separately by email to

 -  Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommenders to, there will NOT be an automated system request 

 -  Recommenders should highlight the applicant's potential for contributing to biomedical related sciences, the applicant's academic/personal potential, and statements about how the applicant will benefit from participating in the NIH-PREP program.

  • ONLINE APPLICATION, CV, TRANSCRIPTS are due Friday, March 12th, 2021, 11:59pm (PST)
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION are due Friday, March 19th, 2021, 11:59pm (PST) 

Only completed applications will be reviewed. Please make sure you submit your online application and supplemental documents on time.

We accept scholars on a rolling admissions basis and will keep the application link active until we fill all six positions.



UCSC PREP Highlights

• 9-month appointment per year in the program (max of two years)

•Conduct research in cutting edge laboratory at UC Santa Cruz

•Financial Package including salary, and benefits (75% time status as a Junior Specialist for 9 months)

•Preparation course for the GRE (summer 2019)

•Participation in research seminars and journal clubs 

•Strong, diverse community of peers doing research

•Work with faculty and staff on your Individualized Development Plan (IDP)

•Travel to a conference to present your work

•Obtain more research references

Eligibility Information:

(Stipulated by NIH grant requirements)

  1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident

  2. Graduated or in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science or engineering discipline, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

  3. Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH to include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

  4. Will apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science the fall of their first year in PREP.

Contact Information:

Faculty Director: William Sullivan, Ph.D., E-mail:

Program Director: Yulianna Ortega, E-mail:

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