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How to Apply to the CBIO Training Program

Trainee Positions

The CBIO program supports 3 predoctoral and 3 postdoctoral trainees each year.


  • US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Predoc trainees are PhD students in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UCSD.
  • Predoc and Postdoc trainees are conducting research in the laboratories of CBIO faculty at UCSD.

Application Process

  • Nomination by CBIO faculty.
  • Self nomination by eligible trainee candidates.
  • Submit nomination or self-nomination to the CBIO Program Director (Dr. Jean Wang).
  • Nominations are open at all times. However, funding start date is dictated by the start date of the training grant budget year.

Application Documents

Application documents must include:

  1. A nomination or a self-nomination letter.
  2. Curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  3. Proposed research:
    1. Proposed research format: 3 pages, single-spaced, Arial font, 11 point, 0.5 inch all around margin, excluding references
    2. Proposed research must contain:
      1. Title;
      2. Specific Aims;
      3. Significance;
      4. Research Design and Methods.
  4. NIH Biosketch of research mentor.
  5. Current and pending support of research mentor.
  6. Recommendation letter from research mentor.

Trainee Selection Criteria

  • Qualifications — undergraduate and graduate GPA, prior research experience and publications for predocs; prior research experience, publications and career plan for postdocs.
  • Proposed research — relevance to cancer biology, informatics and omics.
  • Mentor support.
  • CBIO is committed to training Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Scholars from the underrepresented minority group, the disabled, and the disadvantaged.