• The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible.
  • The applicant must be accepted into the laboratory of a BCTG faculty mentor. Applications with an interdisciplinary research plan (and a primary and collaborating mentor) are strongly suggested.

Selection Criteria

  • Overall quality of the applicant.
  • Promise of the proposed research (intellectual merit and creativity).
  • Importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s long-term goals.
  • Training environment.

How to Apply

The application period for 2019 appointments has ended. Please check back later for information about the next opportunity to apply.

Application Materials. The applicant must submit all of the materials listed below in pdf format to the BCTG Coordinator ( A single pdf document is preferred. Items 5 and 6 must be obtained from the primary mentor.*

  1. Completed Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant (BCTG) Program Application.
  2. Research Plan and Career Goals document (2-page maximum excluding references) that includes:
    • Importance of research questions being addressed.
    • A general description of the research.
    • Interdisciplinary approach/skills and proposed collaborators.
    • Statement of career goals.
  3. Record of graduate course work and grade point average (unofficial transcripts are sufficient). We do not need undergraduate transcripts.
  4. Copy of GRE scores. MCAT scores may be used in place of GRE scores for MSTP applicants.
  5. Mentor’s Training Plan document (1 page) that includes:
    • An evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, areas that will be strengthened in the training period, and an assessment of their potential for a career in research.
    • Mentoring/training relationship with any collaborator(s) on the applicant’s research project.
    • Expected trainee milestones, including publications and grant applications and a plan for training in scientific writing, seminar presentation, the basics of career advancement in academia and industry, and the fundamentals of laboratory management.
    • A commitment of resources to help facilitate success of the project.
    • A funding plan for the trainee at the end of their support in our program.
    • Verification of commitment to the didactic component of the graduate program and additional requirements of our training program.
  6. The training record of the mentor(s).

*Mentors should be aware that BCTG funding does not fully cover trainee costs. It is the responsibility of the trainee’s mentor to cover costs that exceed the NIH award. Also, mentors may have only one BCTG supported trainee at a time.

Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation from two individuals (excluding the primary mentor) must be submitted to the BCTG coordinator ( Letters should provide evidence of the quality of the candidate, the trainee’s potential for creative, innovative research, and the trainee’s potential to become an independent scientist and leader in the field of biomedicine and health.