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Interested in joining a graduate program in biomedical sciences? Our program helps you obtain the research experience you need to be competitive for entry. If accepted to the program, you will receive training intended to increase your skills in writing, math, and research (including conducting an independent research project). Learn more about program benefits, which include a stipend and health benefits.

Most of your time in the program involves full-time, hands-on research activities in the laboratory of a UAB faculty member. We will match you with an NIH-funded mentor. This will help you gain research experience crucial to entry into a top doctoral graduate program. You will also have opportunities to strengthen your academic and test taking abilities and presentation skills.

Eligibility Requirements

For complete information regarding eligibility, read the Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity.

To be eligible for the UAB PREP Scholars program, you must have received your baccalaureate degree within the 36 months prior to entry into the program. You must not be currently enrolled or accepted in a graduate or other professional program.

Eligibility for entry into the program is based on the requirements outlined in the PREP program announcement (PAR-22-220), including:

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with a keen interest in entering a PhD or MD/PhD program from populations underrepresented in the Biomedical Sciences. This includes:
    • Blacks or African Americans,
    • Hispanics or Latinos,
    • American Indians or Alaska Natives,
    • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet  two or more of the following criteria: