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Broad Biomedical Post-baccalaureate Scholars Program (BBPS)

An innovative, two-year post-baccalaureate program run by the Broad Diversity, Education and Outreach office, BBPS 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.

BBPS participants will carry out research as paid, full-time Associate Computational Biologists or Research Associates, working alongside leading scientists.



Participants will receive an annual salary of $43,600-$64,000 (depending on experience and skills) and access to health benefits. In addition, BBPS 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 2021
  • 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
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate degree (MA/MS, PhD or MD-PhD only) upon completion of the program



Applicants to the BBPS program must submit the following:

  • Online application form
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Short essay responses
  • Two letters of recommendation


Important Dates

  • Application available: Early November 2020
  • Application deadline: January 18, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
  • In-person interviews: Late February-early April 2021
  • Notifications: Late April 2021
  • Start date: June-August 2021

Note: Scholars can start working in their research labs from June to August. BBPS programming officially starts in late August.


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