Application and Eligibility

The CLP Predoctoral Training Program supports up to 6 NIGMS Trainees for up to 8 quarters of support and 2 University Fellows for up to 4 quarters of support . Currently enrolled rising 1st and 2nd year students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for appointment to NIGMS Traineeships. University Fellowships support non-resident students.

Candidates must electronically submit an online application package by July 1st, 2018, 5:30PM.


Training program leadership and faculty recognize that the scientific leadership of tomorrow is strengthened by diversity and inclusion in the training of today’s students.   The CLP Training Program is committed to the recruitment, retention and professional success of a diverse cohort of students and to providing access and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Northwestern University and AccessibleNU are committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all undergraduate, graduate, professional school, and continuing studies students with disabilities who attend the University. Find out more here,

The application package consists of:
  • Completed CLP Training Program Online Application.
  • CLP Training Program Intra-Department Rotation Form (required). Click here to download form.
  • A one-page statement from the nominee describing career goals, commitment to and a detailed plan for completing the curricular requirements of the training program.
  • A one-page research project description including background and biomedical significance of the research, a list of project goals and specific plans to achieve these objectives. The biological and chemical approaches to problem solving must be emphasized.
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Do not need official transcripts.
  • A short CV, including honors, presentations, research experience, publications, etc.
  • Copies of GRE (or MCAT) scores that were submitted to the home department.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation on letterhead. One letter should be submitted by the candidate’s primary CLP preceptor/mentor. The letter must include a statement from the mentor reaffirming their commitment to the training program and agreeing to allow their mentees to satisfy all training program requirements. The second letter should be obtained from the candidate’s secondary CLP preceptor/mentor who is familiar with the applicant’s academic accomplishments, research potential, and collaborative research project.

Eligibility for NIH training grant support will be determined by the following criteria:  (1) Candidates must meet NRSA qualifications as US citizens or permanent residents, (2) Candidates must meet criteria of departmental programs plus provide tangible evidence of interest in transdisciplinary programs through undergrad coursework, undergrad research or internships, and (3) Candidates must have taken undergraduate courses in general chemistry and organic chemistry.  Additional course work in biology (organismal and cellular) and biochemistry is desirable, but not required.

Outstanding nominees who have not been appointed to the training grant due to lack of space or ineligibility for NRSA support will be considered for support through institutional commitments to the CLP program.   The Ad Hoc Selection Committee will select one new student each year from the nominee pool for support through their second and third years of graduate school.

CLP Training Program Student Handbook
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Nomination and Appointment Timeline

Spring Quarter

  • Electronic application form available at

July 1st

  • Nomination package due

July/ August

  • Ad Hoc Trainee Evaluation Committee selects fellows
  • Nominees and preceptors notified by email

September 1st

  • Appointment (8 quarters) starts, subject to annual review