Nomination Information

For graduate students applying to UW–Madison, nominations to the BTP are made through the department of the UW–Madison graduate program they’re applying to. What interested students can do is indicate their interest in participating in BTP at the time of their application in the personal statement. We encourage any applicant interested in biotechnology to seek nomination. Additionally, if you have already submitted an application you can indicate your interest to your potential future department by contacting them, or you may receive a nomination regardless based on other elements of your application.

The nomination consists of your three letters of recommendation, information in the application to graduate school, prior experience, and your proposed research interests. Nominations are reviewed and ranked on a competitive basis by the BTP Steering Committee. In most years, we anticipate that 8 to 11 new traineeships will be awarded. BTP traineeships provide two years of tuition and stipend support.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • Have received a baccalaureate degree as of the beginning date of the BTP appointment, and be training in a Ph.D. science program.

UW–Madison Admission Requirements

  • Gain admission to a participating UW–Madison department’s doctoral program.
  • Be nominated to BTP by a major department or a participating major professor.
  • If a student has an interest in being a BTP trainee, they are welcome to indicate so in their application materials. This does not guarantee his or her nomination to BTP but is a good first step.

Program Requirements

  • Be enrolled at UW–Madison as a full-time graduate student in a participating BTP program.
  • Choose a major professor that is an approved mentor in the BTP program.
  • Choose a minor professor who is a BTP mentor with cross-disciplinary expertise.
  • Prepare an Individual Training Plan and Annual Progress Reports, which are reviewed annually with both major and minor professors.
  • Complete the BTP minor degree course plan (10 credits).
  • Complete department minor requirements which, in some cases, may differ from those of the BTP.
  • Participate in the BTP student seminar series, which meets weekly. Each trainee gives one seminar per year in the program.
  • Complete an industrial internship, usually in the third year of graduate study (second year of support).
  • Articles published by trainees while receiving NIH support need to be made publicly accessible and must contain an acknowledgement of the support provided by the BTP by inclusion of the grant number NIH 5 T32 GM008349.

Financial Support

  • Stipend: A stipend is provided by BTP for two years and corresponds to NIH guidelines. Departmental non-federal funds are often available to supplement BTP support.
  • Tuition: Trainee tuition, segregated fees, and fringe benefits offered by the UW–Madison are paid by BTP.
  • Travel: Costs associated with travel necessary to an individual’s training, including attendance at meetings, that are incurred within the period of grant-supported training are allowable and set at $300 per year per trainee by NIH.