Basic Biology of Aging at the University of Washington

Training Grant Application Procedures

The training grant invites applications from individuals who are interested in being considered for this program. Please note that all NIH training grant positions are funded by the National Institute on Aging, which requires U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. 

For current open positions see Pre-Doc Openings and Post-Doc Opening

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

All Applicants please e-mail the following materials:

  1. A Cover letter discussing a) your career goals, your proposed training plan, and prior research experiences, b) your current research goals, and C) a statement discussing the relevance of the proposed research to the biology of aging (three-page maximum for a,b, and c). Your cover letter should also include your contact information: email address; full mailing address; and cell-, day- and evening-phone numbers. 
  2. A resume or Curriculum Vitae. Please include information on your citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please give information on your permanent resident status.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work as a scientist. Please have your referees e-mail their letters directly to Dr. Rabinovitch.
  4. One letter of support from your proposed research mentor. Please have your referee e-mail their letter directly to Dr. Rabinovitch.
  5. An official transcript of your graduate school record.
  6. PDF Copies of any relevant scientific papers, published or in press.

In scoring applications, we take into consideration the qualifications of the applicant and the mentoring environment, as well as how the research specifically relates to the biology of aging. 

National Post-Docs who have not yet secured a UW appointment:
Applicants should contact the faculty members(s) they are interested in working with and secure an invitation to join the lab (which may be contingent on acceptance into the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant) prior to submitting an application to the Training Grant. Please see Eligibility requirements below.


Please note that all NIH training grant positions are funded by the National Institute on Aging Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) which have the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Citizenship. Students must be U.S. citizens, residents of U.S. possessions (e.g., American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands) or permanent residents of the U.S. by the time of appointment to the grant. Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status.
  2. Prior Support. Each pre-doctoral trainee has up to five (5) years of total eligibility for Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grant support (T32, T34, T35, F30, F31, F32, and F33).  Each post-doctoral trainee has up to 3 years total support. If you have already received this length of funding on another training grant(s), you will not be eligible for support.
  3. Degree Requirements. Pre-doctoral research training is for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Washington leading to either a Ph.D., a comparable research doctoral degree, or a combined clinical degree and Ph.D., such as a M.D./Ph.D.  Post-doctoral research training is for individuals who have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.
  4. No more than 7 years from receipt of doctoral degree. The T32 program for post-docs is intended to provide a career development opportunity for the post-doctoral applicant, and thus, a primary criterion for evaluation is how the training experiences the applicant will receive would contribute to their career development and permanent employment. In this regard, the greatest impact that the program can make is felt to be upon applicants who have recently received their doctoral degrees. Applicants that have already had significant post-doctoral experience are considered to have already obtained significant post-doctoral training. The implication of this is that applicants are rarely considered when they are further than 4 years from receipt of their doctoral degree and are not considered eligible when this period is longer than 7 years.


Deadlines & Submission

Please see Pre-Doc Openings and Post-Doc Openings for current deadlines

Please have letters of recommendation e-mailed directly to:
Peter S. Rabinovitch, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant

Please have Official Transcripts Mailed to: 
Ellen Cravens
University of Washington, 
Department of Pathology
1959 NE Pacific St.
HSB K-072, Box 357705
Seattle, Washington 98195-7705 USA

Please e-mail all other application materials to Ellen Cravens

For questions regarding the application process contact:
Ellen Cravens or  206-616-4135