Training Program Eligibility Criteria

The UW Cardiovascular Research Center Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science is a non-degree granting program for both predoctoral and postdoctoral positions for U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, for individuals whose research interest is in cardiovascular science.

The UW Cardiovascular Research Center houses a wide range of cardiovascular science research, but of particular note are programs in heart failure, ion channel/arrhythmia, and vascular biology.

To view the program eligibility criteria click here.

Predoctoral Trainees

In order to be eligible for the program, a prospective predoctoral trainee must be enrolled in a degree-granting program for a predoctoral training slot at the University of Wisconsin. These are generally in the departments of Neuroscience or Cell and Regenerative Biology. Trainees must be U.S. citizens or a non-citizen national or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S. to be considered for this training grant. Predoctoral research training is for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are enrolled in a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. or a comparable research doctoral program. Interested applicants should contact faculty trainers to express initial interest. Candidates must apply for graduate work at the University of Wisconsin through the appropriate department.

For predoctoral students, it is possible to apply to the training grant as well as to the graduate program. Enrolled graduate students may also apply to the training grant at a later time. Links are provided below to the major degree-granting programs that students might consider for the cardiovascular sciences, although other graduate programs are certainly encouraged. Please follow these links.

Postdoctoral Trainees

Postdoctoral candidates are submitted by a UW Cardiovascular Research Center Trainer. Trainees must be U.S. citizens or a non-citizen national or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S. to be considered for this training grant. Postdoctoral research training is for individuals who have received a Ph.D. or an MD or comparable doctoral degree.

A payback requirement applies to all postdoctoral trainees. Please refer to Payback means that for every month of support, a trainee agrees to engage in health-related research, training or teaching.

Other Criteria

No trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment. Additionally, no individual trainee may receive more than 5 years of aggregate NRSA support at the predoctoral level or 3 years of support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards. Applications from under-represented minorities and from women are especially encouraged.


Special Opportunities for Physician Scientist Combined Clinical-Research Postdoctoral Training

The training grant coordinates with the Clinical Fellowship Programs in the Department of Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine Section to offer combined research and clinical fellowships. At least half of the postdoctoral training slots are available for clinician trainees. Those who want this combined program must also apply for the clinical fellowship. For those planning to do bench research in basic laboratories, the fellowship will begin in the basic research lab to provide a firm foundation in techniques and concepts enabling the development of projects that will lead to early publications and success with grant applications. For human related clinical research, the committed research experience generally takes place in the third or fourth year of fellowship.