Eligibility & Application


  • Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants must be in their first year of the Stanford Biosciences or Chemistry Ph.D. Program.


  • Trainees will receive an NIH predoctoral level stipend and tuition support from the training
  • Trainees will receive one-half of their health insurance through the training grant, plus the
    other half paid by a University subsidy.Trainees will receive $300 towards travel to a scientific
    conference to present a poster or paper.
  • Funding is normally provided in the second and third years of graduate study, with third year
    support contingent on sufficient progress in the trainee’s MPTP requirements and
    dissertation research.

Application Process and Deadline:

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. One-page summary of the applicant’s prior research experience
  2. One-page personal statement articulating applicant’s interest in drug discovery
    and development, how the MPTP will benefit the applicant’s training, and how the
    applicant can contribute to the program
  3. Current Stanford transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  4. Letter of support from dissertation advisor describing the applicant’s qualifications
    for MPTP and confirming that they will adhere to the training program’s guidelines
    for mentors.
  5. Each MPTP applicant will be invited to a 30-minute interview with a Faculty
    Steering Committee member to discuss their research work, interest in drug
    discovery and development, and other factors that the candidate would like the
    committee to consider.

The one-page research experience summary and one-page personal statement should be written
using Arial 11-point font and 1-inch margins. All application materials should be submitted as a
single PDF file directly to the MPTP Program Manager, Elizabeth Kay (ekay@stanford.edu), by
12 pm on Monday, May 17, 2021. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the application
deadline to schedule the interviews.


Trainees will be chosen from the applicant pool by a review committee based on application materials, track record, research interests, and fit with the MPTP mission. Applicants will participate in an interview with the review committee before final decisions are made.