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Illinois Postbaccalaureate Research Program

The Illinois Postbaccalaureate Research Program (IPRP) aims to cultivate a generation of professionals who are not only academically adept but are also reflective of the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that fuel innovation and progress in the biomedical sector. This one-year program offers a rich research experience in the biomedical sciences, mentoring by renowned experts, and preparation for enrollment in rigorous graduate training programs. These experiences will lead scholars to successful outcomes in graduate school and in the biomedical workforce.

Program benefits:

  • Multi-pronged mentoring
  • Personalized biomedical research tracks
  • Graduate school sustainability workshops
  • Career workshops
  • Summer travel, housing, meals, insurance, and related participant fees
  • Annual salary

Eligibility and requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or approved domestic applicants
  • Bachelor’s degree holders earned no more than 36 months prior to applying
  • Intend to apply to research-focused biomedical doctoral degree program (e.g. Ph.D.)
  • Note: Only applicants that have not enrolled in a graduate program are eligible.

List of faculty mentors from partnering units:

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Cancer Center at Illinois

Summer Program Dates: May 28, 2024 – July 26, 2024

Academic Year Program Dates: August 16, 2024 – May 15, 2025

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024

How to apply:

Complete the application form including submission of:

  • a resume
  • transcript(s)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • an academic statement



For more information contact:

Illinois Postbaccalaureate Research Program
Phone: 217-300-7747