Broad Biomedical Post-baccalaureate Scholars Program (BBPS)

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The Broad Biomedical Post-baccalaureate Scholars (BBPS) program is a two-year opportunity run by the Office for STEM Engagement and Inclusion. BBPS offers participants a comprehensive, structured, and immersive experience with groundbreaking research and academic and career guidance. The BBPS program is designed to equip each scholar with the personal and professional tools necessary to support their success in biomedical research. Ultimately, this program is intended to help diversify biomedical research through the success of each scholar. The program is supported, in part, by the National Humane Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to train and develop a more diverse genomics workforce.

BBPS participants perform research as paid, full-time Computational Associates (CA) or Research Associates (RA), working alongside leading scientists in their field. 



As full-time employees, scholars will receive an annual salary based on their role (Research Associate or Computational Associate) 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:

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree not more than one year before the start of the program (2024 Cohort Graduation dates: May 2023 - June 2024)
  • 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
  • Do not yet have a graduate degree
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency



To apply for the BBPS program, complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the application for one of the roles under the Early Careers Researchers (see links below) program. In the application, you will be asked, 'Are you interested in being considered for the BBPS program?' select 'Yes.' Note: You will need a curriculum vitae (CV)/resume and a cover letter (optional- but strongly encouraged) to submit the Early Career Researcher application. Applicants interested in the CA I position will be asked to complete a coding assessment.
  2. Complete and submit this BBPS specific application form. Note: The BBPS application requires you to submit an unofficial college transcript and a CV/resume


Important Dates

  • Application submission deadlines for BBPS program: 
    • Final application deadline- April 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Application notifications: March-May 2024 (decisions are made on a rolling basis)
    • Note: You will first be notified about your RA/CA position at the Broad through ECR. 
  • Broad start date: June - August 2024. Scholars will determine their start date with their direct manager(s).
  • BBPS programming starts in late August 2024

Most prospective scholars apply for BBPS during their final year of undergraduate studies.

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