Anyone with a DO, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree (e.g. MBBS) may submit an Eligibility Form. PhDs without an MD are not eligible to apply.
Since its inception 26 years ago, the PSDP has sought to broaden the cadre of research-trained pediatricians and so gives priority to those in a first-time research experience who do not have the PhD.
Individuals who have the MD/PhD degree who are found eligible for the PSDP are welcome to apply, but are advised that the process is extremely competitive. PSDP policy states that no more than 25% of funded positions each year may be awarded to those with the MD/PhD degree. For MD/PhD applicants, the PSDP Selection Committee has typically given preference to those whose PSDP project was in a new area, outside the research area of the PhD.