Post-Baccalaureate Program

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About PREP@UC Berkeley

The objective of UC Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP@UC Berkeley) is to provide individuals from underrepresented groups who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees with intensive research experience. This will strengthen their candidacy for admission to the nation’s strongest Ph.D. programs, and prepare them to earn Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

Appointments in PREP@UC Berkeley will consist of 75% research in a dedicated mentor’s lab, and 25% professional development through seminars specific to PREP, workshops offered to graduate students more generally, and upper division or graduate coursework.

Program Structure

Scholars will receive:

  • Full stipend $31,000+ per year, plus full benefits for the duration of the one-year
  • Funds to travel to national/scientific conference
  • Professional development workshops
  • Program support for graduate school applications
  • Mentoring


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Graduated or in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically-relevant science or engineering discipline, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  • Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH to include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Please see the NIH/NIGMS website for specific details.
  • Will apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science in the fall of their first year in PREP.

Program Duration: one year, early July 2023 – late June 2024

Application Deadline: April 2, 2023 at 8:59 p.m. PST

When applying, applicants should choose “Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program” from the list of programs. For more information, please check the PREP@UCB website.