Who is eligible to apply

US citizens or Permanent Residents (who already have their “Green Card”) who are predoctoral fellows enrolled in a PhD program, or are postdocs affiliated with the following Gulf Coast Consortia member institutions are eligible to apply:

  • Rice University
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Houston
  • Institute of Biosciences & Technology (IBT) – TAMHSC.  

In addition:
Predoctoral applicants:

  • must be currently enrolled at one of the 7 GCC members institutions, in a degree-granting program whose end point is a PhD.
  • MD/PhD students are eligible for support during the PhD-period of their training.
  • Students enrolled in an MS program are not eligible.
  • Students must have been already accepted into the lab of a tenure-track member of the NLM Training Program faculty, and develop a project involving a secondary mentor, also a tenure-track member of the NLM Training Program faculty.
  • Applicants enrolled in a bio-related degree program will be expected to take computational/informatics-oriented coursework, and vice versa. These additional course requirements will be discussed individually at the initial interview (and later in annual progress reviews) with the NLM Training Program Steering Committee to develop a customized curriculum for the trainee. See Curriculum page for more details.  

Postdoctoral applicants:

  • must be currently employed by a GCC member institution, have a job offer from an eligible mentor (i.e. a tenure-track member of the NLM Training Program faculty), or be in a position to accept an offer from them.
  • must be in possession of their PhD or MD when they apply for a postdoctoral fellowship. Those who have completed the requirements for their PhD but will be awarded it at a later date must supply a letter from their institution verifying this.
  • whose doctorate in informatics or a closely related field such as computer science may be required to take selected courses as determined by the NLM Steering Committee to support the interdisciplinary nature of their research project; see the Curriculum page for more details.
  • whose doctorate is in another subject area (e.g. medicine) must follow a program of approved courses in biomedical informatics methods and applications most relevant to their project (prior graduate work in informatics will be considered); see the Curriculum page for more details.
  • must have as their primary mentor the faculty member in whose lab s/he is employed; trainees must develop a project involving a secondary mentor, also a tenure-track member of the NLM Training Program faculty
  • Please note that the NLM funding agency expects postdocs to commit to staying for two years of fellowship, in order to become truly trained in biomedical informatics.