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Broad Cancer Genomics Scholars (BCGS)

An innovative, two-year post-baccalaureate program run jointly by the Broad Diversity, Education and Outreach initiative and the Cancer Program, BCGS offers participants a comprehensive, structured and immersive experience that includes groundbreaking research and academic and career guidance. The program is designed to diversify the biomedical research field and support the participants development of knowledge, expertise and skills both inside and outside the lab.

BCGS participants will carry out research as paid, full-time Associate Computational Biologists or Research Associates, working alongside leading scientists within the Broad Cancer Program.

An interdisciplinary community with more than 30 laboratories across Boston and Cambridge, the Broad Cancer Program is a world leader in genomic studies of cancer biology. Working with computational, experimental, and chemical biologists, BCGS scholars will conduct research on a range of ambitious and collaborative projects.



Participants will receive a salary of $42,000-$64,000 (depending on experience and skills) and access to health benefits. In addition, BCGS scholars will engage in academic and professional development opportunities including:

  • comprehensive scientific communication training
  • development of individualized training plan
  • career-oriented seminars and workshops
  • discussions of topics such as scientific collaborations, ethics, support networks, stress management, diversity and inclusion, and the culture around science.
  • graduate school preparation (statements, recommendations, GRE, etc.)



This program is open to individuals with a demonstrated interest in issues around diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines. Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants also must meet the following criteria:

  • have US citizenship or permanent residency
  • completed a four-year university or college degree not more than one year before the start of the program in summer 2019
  • majored in the biological, physical or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics
  • attained a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • participated in significant prior research experience
  • interest in pursuing a graduate degree (MA/MS, PhD or MD-PhD only) upon completion of the program


Important Dates

  • application available: Late October 2018
  • application deadline: January 25, 2019
  • in-person interviews: March-April 2019
  • notifications: April 2019
  • start date: June-August 2019, scholars can start working in their research labs from June to August. BCGS programming officially starts in August



Applicants to the BCGS program must submit the following:

  • online application form
  • unofficial transcripts
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • short essay responses
  • two letters of recommendation

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or contact Gisselle Vélez-Ruiz, Ph.D., Program Director, at