The Broad Biomedical Post-baccalaureate Scholars (BBPS) program is a two-year opportunity run by the 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 perform research as paid, full-time Associate Computational Biologists or Research Associates, working alongside leading scientists.
As full-time employees, scholars will receive an annual salary of $44,900-$64,000 (depending on experience and skills) and access to health benefits. In addition, BBPS participants will engage in academic and professional development opportunities including:
- Comprehensive scientific communication training
- Development of an 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, interviews, 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 must also meet the following criteria:
- Have US citizenship or permanent residency
- Completed a four-year undergraduate degree not more than one year before the start of the program (2022 Cohort Graduation dates: May 2021 - June 2022)
- Majored in science (biological, physical, or computer sciences preferred), engineering, or mathematics
- Minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
- Have significant prior research experience
- Interested in pursuing a graduate degree (M.A./M.S., Ph.D., or M.D.-Ph.D. only) upon completion of the program
To start the BBPS application process, please complete the application for one of the roles below and select "Yes" under "Are you interested in being considered for the BBPS program?" You will need a curriculum vitae (CV)/résumé and a cover letter (optional) to submit the Early Career Researcher application.
- Research Associate I (RA I) Application
- Associate Computational Biologist I (ACB I) Application. Applicants interested in the ACB I position will be asked to complete a coding assignment.
After submitting your RA or ACB application, you will receive an additional form to fill out if you would like to be considered for BBPS.
- Early application deadline: December 15th, 2021. This early application deadline provides an opportunity for faster application review.
- Standard application deadline: January 24th, 2022
- Interviews: Late February - early April 2022
- Notifications: Late April 2022
- Start date: June - August 2022. Scholars will determine their start date with their direct manager(s).
- BBPS programming starts: Late August 2022
Most prospective scholars apply for BBPS during their final year of undergraduate studies.