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The BCB curriculum is supported by a combination of internal institutional funds and by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32). The T32 grant is a competitive, 5-year award, that provides between 9-12 months of funding for a selected set of students. Eligibility for T32 is restricted to students who:

  • are rising 2nd or 3rd year PhD or MD/PhD candidates enrolled in the BCB program;
  • are US citizens or permanent residents;
  • are in good academic standing with both UNC Chapel Hill and the BCB;
  • have not previously received funding from BCB or the BCB T32;
  • will not be funded by another federal training grant during the same funding period.
The assignment of funding to students is made through a competitive application process that typically takes place in June. The applications must be made by the student’s advisor, and the application packet is typically required to include the following [note: this may vary slightly from year to year; please read the request of applications email in a given year]:
  1. A brief letter of support for the student by the advisor, including
    1. an explanation of why the student is a good candidate for the fellowship;
    2. the advisor’s recent service activities for the BCB curriculum (greatest weight is given to service in the last 5 years);
    3. the advisor’s training as a mentor, including their participation in any mentoring training courses.
  2. The student must also provide the following:
    1. a copy of their unofficial UNC transcripts highlighting previous BCB coursework.
    2. their own letter of intent stating why they would like to apply for a T32 fellowship slot and why the training program would be beneficial to them.
    3. a brief summary of their current research project (s).
    4. a brief statement of eligibility per requirements.
    5. details of any other federal training grant or federal fellowship that they are in reciept of, including dates. (Note that the BCB training grant cannot fund time that is already funded through other federal training grants or fellowships).
Weight in participant selection is given to:
  • the student’s past academic record;
  • the student’s participation in the program;
  • the student’s receipt of any other overlapping or non-overlapping fellowship funding for their PhD;
  • the potential impact of their research;
  • their PI’s active participation in the BCB training process;
  • the PI’s recent history of having students funded by the BCB T32.
Funding decisions are made by the BCB Executive Committee following the receipt of all applications that arrive before the specified deadline.