PRIME LOGO 1PRIME is NIH-funded predoctoral fellowships for research training in the areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological investigation in renal disease. Trainees pursue up to two-years of research in the laboratory of an established research scientist, under direction of the graduate theme & faculty mentor.

SUPPORT includes stipend that follows the NRSA levels, health insurance, partial tuition and fees, $1000 in travel funds

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Kidney Pipeline Programs - Recent Updates
Updated 7/31/2020

Trainee Selection


Selection of trainees is based on the demonstrated ability of the candidate and his/her career choice and potential for an academic career. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment as well as being enrolled in a research PhD program at UAB. Research could include but is not limited to:kidney and kidney-related physiology and pathophysiology research; epidemiology, outcomes and prevention; experimental therapeutics and biomarkers; genetics and functional genomics; and mediators of kidney disease.
  • PRIME T32 Application Cover Page
  • Trainee CV & Unofficial UAB Transcript through Spring 2021
  • Student Written AIMS Page and description of research project, career goals, and impact that PRIME T32 would have on career direction and development
  • Recommendation letter from from theme director - Approval to apply, meet program requirements, and in good academic standing
  • Recommendation letter from mentor with mentor's experience as PhD Advisor - Must include training plan for student, distinct from T32 Program
  • Mentor Biosketch and other support
  • Application Deadline: May 2021
Please submit all application materials to Rena Becker in the Division of Nephrology -

Chalk Talk Interviews

Qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a chalk talk -

The chalk talk details are provided prior to the scheduled date of the talk and will be consistent for each applicant with a time for talk and time for question and answer. 

Selection Criteria

Student selection is based on the application in three parts as well as the chalk talk. The criteria, along with the application are provided to the selection committee prior to the chalk talk for evaluation. The scores from the below rubric are then tallied and a ranking of candidates is provided.

The selection committee consists* of the two directors of PRIME T32, members of the UAB kidney community, as well as the executive committee for PRIME. 

*To remove bias, no mentors of students who are applying for PRIME will be allowed to participate in any aspect of selection, even if they are directors or committee members. 

Criteria for T32 applicant evaluations - rated 1-5 (1 being “poor” and 5 being “excellent”)
     Academic record
     Career plans and potential for future in kidney field
     Mentor’s evaluation/training plan
     Performance in chalk talk 

Contact: Rena Becker - 205-934-2853 or Dr. Jennifer Pollock - 205-975-7525
Funding provided: NIH T32 DK 116672