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Application Process

Applications are now closed and are being reviewed. If you have submitted a partial application are still interested in this program, please reach out to so we know to expect your full application shortly. The Stanford Nephrology Pre-Renal Initiative Summer Program will begin making offers of acceptance in February, and will continue to review application 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 Winnie Ellerman at

Note: The Stanford Pre-Renal Initiative will follow the guidance of public health experts to ensure that this program is safe and successful. If current limitations of in-person events at Stanford continue, this program will be offered virtually.

Application Checklist: 

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Interest, CV, and Transcripts (uploaded directly to the online application)
  • 2 Letters of Reference (sent directly to

Letters of Reference can come from anyone who can speak to your academic and/or research capabilities, including but not limited to professors, mentors, and supervisors. 

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. Stanford Nephrology and the NIH are committed to enhancing diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. Women, underrepresented minorities, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in the fields of Kidney, Urology, and Hematology are encouraged to apply. 

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