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Application Process

Applications for the Summer 2025 Pre-Renal Initiative will open November 2024. If you have questions or concerns about the application process, please email The Stanford Nephrology Pre-Renal Initiative Summer Program will begin making offers of acceptance in early March, and will continue to make offers until all slots are filled. We take great care to match applicant to the most suitable faculty and mentors, and selection is based not only on personal qualifications, but also depends on the suitability of an applicant's interest for participating clinics and the availability of positions in these spaces. 

For questions about the Pre-Renal Initiative Summer Program, please contact our Program Director, Vivek Bhalla, or Program Coordinator Alexandra Bibby at

Note: The Stanford Pre-Renal Initiative will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts to ensure that this program is safe and successful. 

Application Checklist: 

  • Step 1: Submit Recommendation Request Form: This is to alert your references to upload letters of recommendation
  • Required: 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Letters of Recommendation can come from anyone who can speak to your academic and/or research capabilities, including but not limited to professors, mentors, and supervisors.
  • Step 2: Submit Online Application
  • Statement of Interest, CV, and Transcripts


Applications for Summer 2025 will open November 2024. 


Program Requirements


The Stanford Pre-Renal Initiative is part of the National Insitutes of Health's R25 Research Education Program, and as such, follows the same eligibility requirements. 

  • US citizens or permanent residents 
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate course of study


Additional Selection Criteria:

Our selection committee takes many factors into consideration when choosing Pre-Renal Trainees. Strong applicants are those who demonstrate a genuine interest in kidney research. As part of Stanford Nephrology and the NIH’s are commitment to enhancing diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce, we encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in the fields of Kidney, Urology, and Hematology, to apply.  Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to:  first generation students, people from economically or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, those underrepresented in STEM on the basis of gender identity or expression of sexual orientation, students with disabilities, students that are members of federally recognized tribes, and others  who have educational, work, or life experiences that contribute to the diversity of the fields of medicine in Kidney, Urology, and Hematology.   The Pre-Renal Initiative is open to undergraduate students from all backgrounds, and all applications will be evaluated in conformance with applicable law.  

Please note: All undergraduate grade levels are eligible, although a stronger application may include research and experiences showing a commitment to nephrology, urology and hematology that many do not have until their later undergraduate years.

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