Frequently Asked Questions
can apply for
support by the CMBTG and participation in the CMBTP?
participating in the 10 graduate programs administered by the BSTP who
citizens are eligible to be nominated for support.
Students admitted through the BSTP and directly
admitted into departmental Ph.D. programs are both eligible. Typically, students who are not previously
appointed to other training grants (including MSTP) are favored for
support. Students must be US citizens or
permanent residents to be eligible, and preference is given to those
who are at
a relatively early stage of their career (2-3 year).
However, students at all stages of their
career are eligible for support.
support to CMBTP
2 years support including tuition
and are eligible for $500/yr travel awards.
expectations for Trainers and Trainees during their appointments?
expected to participate in the
organization of the CMB Symposium Series composed of student-invited
for at least one year. However, students
are encouraged to serve as organizers for more than one year. Participation in the CMBTP Symposium
Committee does not necessarily need to occur while the trainee is being
supported. Trainees and their mentors
are also expected to participate in the monthly Cell & Molecular
Training Program seminar series featuring joint Trainer-Trainee
do I apply?
fill the 4-5 new slots which become open each year an announcement is
email to all PIs in the participating BSTP programs soliciting
applications. PIs select and nominate
students in their
laboratories. Applications consist of
A letter of nomination from the
student’s thesis advisor
A brief description of the student’s
research project written by the student nominee.
The student’s CV including a list of
publications, undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores and grades in CWRU
The PI’s NIH Biosketch including
current and pending support as well as a list of current and previous
students and postdoctoral fellows including their years of training.
selected for appointment?
Appointments are made
by the CMBTP Steering Committee. The
entire committee reviews all eligible applicants. Depending
on the number of applicants, the committee will interview the top 50%
received as soon as possible after the submission deadline (typically
student will meet with the committee individually to present a 10 min.
his or her research. The subsequent 5
min. question/answer period will include general questions about career
as well as queries about the project.
can I become a
who are training faculty in the 10
participating BSTP programs are eligible to serve as trainers. However, a portion of the evaluation of
trainees is based on the training environment including consideration
funding, accomplishments of past trainees, and productivity.