T32 Predoctoral Application 2024

Predoctoral Candidates – Year 24 (September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025)

The UW Cardiovascular Research Center’s Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science (TPTCS) announces the availability of predoctoral trainee positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for individuals whose research interests align with cardiovascular science. This is a federally funded (NIH/NHLBI) T32 training program. Predoctoral research training is for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a doctoral program leading to a PhD or a comparable research doctoral program. Start dates for predoctoral appointments are flexible, beginning on or after September 1, 2024. Preference will be given to students entering their 2nd year of graduate school or later, but all are encouraged to apply.  Funding may be renewed for a second year depending on availability of funds and evidence of research progress. Full tuition is paid by the training program while the student is a trainee.

The UW Cardiovascular Research Center houses a wide range of cardiovascular science research. The focus areas of this training program are heart failure/contractility, ion channels/arrhythmias and vascular biology/atherosclerosis.

The prospective trainee must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the time the award begins. Candidates may be nominated by a TPTCS mentor/trainer or faculty member associated with the UW Cardiovascular Research Center. Conversely, trainees with interests in cardiovascular research may encourage their supervisors to apply to become a mentor/trainer in the program. Additional information on the CVRC training program may be accessed at the training grant website, https://cvrc.wisc.edu/training-program/.

Trainees must be a citizen or a noncitizen national (link explaining this status) of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment to be considered for this training grant. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply (link to the NIH notice identifying underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise). To review the program eligibility criteria click here.

Application materials:


  1. General Application Form (Link here)
  2. Letter of support from mentor/trainer providing training plan (1-2 page); mentors will all also need to provide a source of non-federal funds to cover the gap between the NIH trainee stipend rate and UW-Madison’s graduate research assistant pay rate. (link)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Statement of career goals and previous research experience (1 page)
  5. Complete Graduate School application (done at the time of entry to grad school; please ask home department to scan and send electronically to eeschafer@wisc.edu)
  6. Update-to-date transcript of graduate coursework (does not need to be official)

Please submit application materials by April 30,2024 to Eric Schafer.

For further information, please contact Dr. Gail Robertson, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the UW Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science at garobert@wisc.edu.