Application Information

Applicants for training grant support must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona and must be US Citizens or permanent residents.

Students are typically supported with training grant funds in their second and third, or third and fourth, years of graduate studies. Support is initially offered for one year, and a second year of support may be offered subject to satisfactory student progress.

Suitable qualifications include a biological sciences background and demonstrated interest in theoretical approaches, OR a mathematical or computational background and demonstrated interest in biological applications.

Regardless of their home graduate programs, all students must have successfully completed two semesters of calculus to be eligible for this program.

Areas of interest should fall within the broad scope of NIH, including biomedical and basic biological areas.

Trainees will be selected primarily from the Applied Math and BMCB graduate programs, but suitably qualified trainees from other programs are encouraged to apply.

For each semester that they receive support, trainees are expected to enroll in the Quantitative Biology Colloquium and in one other course towards meeting the Training Program requirements.

Trainees are expected to carry out their doctoral research with advisors whose research, whether theoretical or experimental, emphasizes application of theoretical approaches to biomedical problems. Where appropriate, a co-advisor will be appointed to provide complementary expertise to that of the primary advisor. The student's dissertation committee will include representatives of both biological and theoretical disciplines.

Stipend levels are set by the NIH and the current Predoctoral level can be found here. Trainees also receive allowances to pay for health insurance and to offset tuition and fees.

Each year, applications are invited in the spring semester. The next application deadline will be April 7, 2023. The following materials are requested:

  • from the applicant: current CV, statement of research plans and interest in this training program;
  • from the applicant’s research advisor: a letter of recommendation, including requested start date for support;
  • from the applicant’s graduate program: a copy of the applicant's application packet to the graduate program (which typically includes GRE, transcript, statement of interest and letters of recommendation).

These materials should be sent to:

Stacey L. LaBorde
Program in Applied Mathematics
University of Arizona
(520) 621-4664

Questions should be addressed to Stacey LaBorde or to the Program Director:

Timothy W. Secomb, Ph.D.
(520) 626-4513
Department of Physiology
University of Arizona