Application review begins March 1st.


Application is now open. Applying is easy using our online form. Please read the instructions carefully to determine the materials you will need to complete the application process.


Eligibility Requirements

• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Must be part of an ethnic group considered to be historically underrepresented by the federal government and/or demonstrate educational deficiencies due to economic deprivation or geographic disadvantages (e.g., inner city disadvantaged schools, disadvantaged schools in rural poverty areas.)
• Applicants must hold a B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0
• Applicants must have graduated within the last three years


Program Benefits

• Academic and community-based supportive environment
• Strong Biomedical/Behavioral and Life Sciences educational atmosphere
• Professional development skills including research, writing, presentation, and networking
• Up to $25,000 annual stipend plus benefits as a "commonwealth scholar"
• Tuition support to attend foundation courses such as biochemistry and/or research methods, or molecular biology
• Travel support to attend and/or present at a scientific meeting including ABRCMS and SACNAS
• Support to attend a workshop for training in specific research areas or acquire new skills
• Intense mentoring to help you meet your goal of admission into a Ph.D. program of your choice
• A GRE preparation course if needed

NOTE: GRE scores are not required and are not taken into consideration for entry into the program. GRE scores are ONLY used to determine your foundation.


Complete the Application Packet

Please click here to file the Online Application and upload:

  • personal statement
  • resume
  • unofficial transcripts

Please e-mail three letters of recommendation (at least two from a faculty member) from individuals familiar with your academic potential for a doctoral graduate degree in biomedical/behavioral study in science or engineering.


Official academic transcripts from all institutions can be mailed to:

PREP Program Office
2250 Litton-Reaves Hall
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
call: 540-231-6797
fax: 540-231-3010