Predoctoral Application Instructions

Applications are invited from PhD students at any time after joining the lab of an MHD Trainer, regardless of graduate program. Our intent is to solicit applications annually from rising second through fifth-year students for one or two-year awards (second year contingent on satisfactory progress, review by the Steering Committee, and availability of funds). Please note that NIH restricts traineeships to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Trainees will typically be selected in late Spring. Questions regarding the application process should be sent to the MHD Director, Bruce Klein.

The Microbes in Health and Disease steering committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is soliciting applications for pre-doctoral trainee positions to be appointed 7/1/24-6/30/25. Predoctoral T32 eligibility is restricted to predocs with an eRA Commons ID who are currently in their 2nd-5th year of training and will be dissertators when funding commences.

The deadline for application materials is February 22, 2024.

Please submit a single, book-marked pdf of your application to Allison Bauer ( Please note that NIH regulations allow T32 appointments only for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The application materials are detailed below.

Predoctoral Application Components:

1. UW-Madison Graduate School Application (which should include the following:)

– Personal statement

– Undergraduate transcripts

– Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation

2. Transcript of coursework & grades since enrolling at UW-Madison

3. Letter of recommendation and plans for research support including current and pending grant information from the thesis advisor

4. Letter of recommendation from second faculty member

5. A list of previous support from federal training grants or if none, the line “previous federal training grant support: none” at the bottom of personal statement page or on a separate page

6. Personal statement describing the applicant’s research and career plan. The personal statement should explain the significance of the applicant’s work to human health or disease AND the importance of the training program to the applicant’s future career goals.

7. eRA Commons ID is required for award activation