The Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Defense training grant supports 4 predoctoral students and 2 postdoctoral fellows each year. Solicitations for applications are announced each June to all MPHD program faculty, postdocs, and students. Applicants must submit a CV, a 1-page description of their research program, a list of current and pending support, and a letter of support from their mentor. Students must be entering at least their second year in the program and must carry out their research in a lab of an MPHD faculty members. Postdoctoral trainees must have been accepted into the lab of an MPHD faculty member. In a few cases, the faculty member has not previously been associated with the program and is invited to apply for membership in the program if their research area is consistent with the goals of the MPHD training program.
Recipients are selected on the basis of several criteria. These include first and foremost their track record and potential for success. In addition, the program seeks to support trainees from diverse labs within the program as well as women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with diasabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Questions about the training grant may be directed to Dr. Joanne Engel.