Typically, two or three new NIGMS training grant positions open up each year . The normal funding period is three years. The trainee remains an active program member throughout the Ph.D. but is supported by other funding mechanisms after the training grant appointment.
Graduate students who are accepted for admission into the Biophysics Ph.D. Program are automatically considered for training grant positions – no separate application is required. The competitive selection process is based on undergraduate grades, test scores, letters of recommendation, and demonstrated research capability . Candidates in other participating Ph.D. programs can also become trainees, typically in a second competition that occurs late in the first semester just after students have joined the lab of a Molecular Biophysics trainer. The selection criteria are essentially the same.
If the student is offered a slot on the training grant, they will be informed by the biophysics coordinator and provided with information on the training grant.