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Application Process

Applications for the 2024 Pre-Renal Initative Summer Research Program are now open. 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: 

  • 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.
  • Statement of Interest, CV, and Transcripts


All applications and letters of recommendation are due on January 15th, 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. 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. 

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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