BTP trainees often receive other fellowship support during their graduate careers. Some of these include Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships (WDGF), NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, and the UW-Madison Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOF). AOFs support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs and are supported by the State of Wisconsin, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The BTP may also include other domestic or foreign students in our courses and other programs, but their support must be provided by other sources. These students can request participation in the BTP at any time of the year, and these requests are approved after review by the Steering Committee. Students that participate without NIH funding must complete all of the requirements of the BTP in the timeline established by our Program Plan. Existing BTP contacts are instrumental in finding internships for these students.

Over the tenure of a BTP student's training, he or she will be supported by a wide range of funding opportunities. The chart below offers an illustration of the number of trainees who have received various fellowships over the past 15 years:

Fellowship Support Graph

Photo of Danielle Lohman“BTP already provides a lot of flexibility and having NSF funding during the years outside of BTP funding has given me even more. Clearly my priority is research but I also feel more confident if I say I want to go to a career conference or another professional development activity, or even do an experiment a bit outside-the-box. The flexibility is great.”

Danielle Lohman, BTP Trainee and NSF Fellow