Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Scholarships

    Financial support for participants is generous in the Molecular and Developmental Biology graduate program. As a results, students benefit from livable stipends and research laboratories and supplies that are world class.

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    Student Financial Support and Benefits

    Students are completely supported by scholarships throughout their tenure in the program. The scholarship package includes a nationally competitive monthly stipend, a health insurance plan and complete tuition remission. Student stipends increase after passing their qualifier exam.

    Student Benefits

    1. Full tuition paid by program
    2. Stipend of $26,000 - $30,500
    3. Relocation expense reimbursement up to $400
    4. Health insurance paid by program

    Distinguished Scholar Award

    The Distinguished Scholar Award is a meritorious award offered to the most highly competitive applicants. The applicants recommended for this award should be truly remarkable in their undergraduate accomplishments in classes and research and demonstrate the potential to become scientific leaders. Final selection is based on the application and the interview. The Distinguished Scholar award provides a one-time payment of $5,000 upon matriculation to be used at the student's discretion.

    Cincinnati's reasonable cost of living, combined with the program's financial support, make it very easy to live, work and study here.

    Whitsett Training Fellowship

    The Jeffrey A. Whitsett Physician Scientist Training Fellowship supports training in the dual MD/PhD program (Medical Scientist Training Program; MSTP) and the Molecular & Developmental Biology (MDB) Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati & Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. One fellowship position is available per year and is awarded to the most competitive applicant who has a declared interest in pediatrics and pediatric research. The goal of this fellowship is to train physician-scientists who will become world leaders in research into childhood health and diseases both at the bench and the bedside.

    Learn more about the Jeffrey A. Whitsett Physician Scientist Training Fellowship.


  • Training Grants

    A number of training grants are available to students in the Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation and the University of Cincinnati.

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    Prenatal Endocrinology

    The training grant's purpose is to provide funding for three postdoctoral fellows and three PhD's within the UC Graduate Program for careers as independent investigators in academic medicine.

    Requirements
    Post docs candidates must have an MD or PhD degree or both. Training will include course work in molecular and developmental biology, epidemiology and biostatistics, a seminar series, an annual review of progress and a yearly symposium for presentations of studies.

    Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Development

    The training grant in Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Development has three slots for graduate students and three for postdoctoral fellows.

    The candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

    The training grant in Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Development has three slots for graduate students and three for postdoctoral fellows. Inquiries regarding the availability of slots, membership on the training faculty, etc. can be made to Dr. Whitsett (PI) or Dr. Lessard (executive director).

    The requirements for student trainees are

    1. at least a bachelor's degree in sciences
    2. a strong academic record,
    3. a dissertation project that has relevance to the goals of the the training program (i.e. projects concerned with pulmonary and cardiovascular development have the highest priority but related topics will be considered),
    4. three letters of reference including the candidate's sponsor,
    5. students who have completed the qualifying exam are given preference.

    The requirements for postdoctoral trainees are

    1. a PhD or MD degree
    2. a strong academic record and productive graduate experience (papers),
    3. a research project relevant to the goals of the the training program (i.e. projects concerned with pulmonary and cardiovascular development have the highest priority but related topics will be considered),
    4. three letters of reference including the candidate's sponsor,
    5. evidence that the sponsor ha adequate funds to support the proposed research.

    Our policy is to make one year appointments that can be renewed for an additional year based on performance. In general, our goal is to limit training grant support to two years.

    The decision to fund a trainee on the Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Development Training Grant is based on the following criteria:

    1. at least a bachelor's degree in science
    2. academic record
    3. the relevance of the dissertation project to the goals of the training program (i.e. projects concerned with pulmonary and cardiovascular development have highest priority but related topics will be considered)
    4. three letters of reference including one from the candidate's sponsor
    5. productivity of the sponsor
    6. NIH funding for the project on the part of the sponsor
    7. students who have completed their qualifying exam are given preference.

    Teratology

    This training grant includes four graduate students and three postdoctoral fellow positions.


 
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    For more information about the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, email mdbprog@cchmc.org or call 513-636-4545. You can also apply online at our application page.