What is DISCOVERY PREP?

The Discovery PREP training program is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program. Discovery PREP supports individuals from diverse backgrounds who hold recent baccalaureate degrees in their goal to pursue doctorates in biomedical sciences. Discovery PREP accomplishes this mission by providing opportunities and training for recent baccalaureate degree graduates to:

  • Obtain the intensive research experience needed to gain admission to, and succeed in, a nationally renowned biomedical science PhD program.
  • Develop the professional skills necessary to thrive in the laboratory setting and excel in a competitive biomedical science PhD program.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 year are now closed. The application for 2022-2023 will open in autumn 2021.

Email: Discovery.Prep@osumc.edu
The Ohio State University
Discovery Prep Program
1178 Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Your application is not complete until we have received your completed online application and three letters of recommendation. You can check the status of your application in the Zengine program.

Prospective Trainees

Discovery PREP is designed to support recent college graduates who have not had the advantages or opportunities to gain the research experience and skills required to initiate a career in biomedical research or who want to gain additional research experience in their current field or in a different field.

Applicants must be a recent baccalaureate graduate (within the last three years) and have majored in a subject related to biomedical science (i.e. biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology, molecular biology). Applicants must also be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.

Applications from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. These include individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information on the NIH’s definition of underrepresented groups, visit the website.

Trainees commit to our Program for one year and are paid a monthly stipend with health and retirement benefits available during their 12-month term. It is expected that 2021-2022 participants will apply for admission into a PhD graduate program for entry in the Fall of 2022. Successful applicants typically have a GPA greater than 3.0, demonstrated passion for research, and a strong desire to attain a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and although most trainees will start at Orientation during the last week of June, start dates can be customized to the needs of the trainee. Please feel free to contact our office with further questions.