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BTP Trainee Nominations

For graduate student applying to UW-Madison, nominations to the BTP are made through the department of the UW-Madison graduate program you're applying for. Please indicate your interest in participating in the BTP at the time of your application in your personal statement.

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 PhD 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.

Program Requirements

  • Be enrolled at UW-Madison as a full-time graduate student in a participating BTP program
  • Select a major professor that is an approved trainer in the BTP program.
  • Select a minor professor who is a BTP trainer 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 second year of support (third year of graduate study).
  • Articles published by trainees while receiving NIH support must 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 medical insurance 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.



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