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NIH Biotechnology Pre-doctoral Training Program Participation

  • Nominations for the BLP are accepted for Caltech graduate students who are:
    • in their first year or have successfully completed their first or second year of graduate work,
    • conduct micro/nanomedicine relevant research,
    • are in any Caltech graduate option, and
    • have NOT been funded by another NIH T32 program at Caltech (e.g. the NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program, T32GM007616 or the UCLA-Caltech NIH MSTP program).
  • Nominations are ONLY accepted from mentors who have been approved to participate in the BLP. Mentors may be added to the program, with the prior approval of NIGMS. Caltech faculty must contact Frances Arnold to request addition to the mentor list BEFORE submitting a nomination for their student. Note, the approval process can take several days, so plan ahead.
  • Nominees are expected to have completed at least one rotation project before appointment to the BLP. SURF and other summer projects completed in Caltech labs may be considered equivalent to a rotation, at the discretion of the BLP Director.


  • Select students may receive partial tuition and stipend support from the program, initially for 12 months with the option to extend to a total of 24 months, dependent upon satisfactory progress and availability of funds. 
  • To be eligible for funding, trainees must be enrolled full-time at Caltech and the trainee’s major advisor must be one of the BLP faculty mentors (see Participating Faculty page).
  • Funding for traineeships may be available from the NIH/NIGMS Training Grant (T32GM112592).
  • Per NIH, trainees must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the US.
    • Noncitizen nationals are persons born in American Samoa, certain former citizens of the formerTrust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and certain children of noncitizen nationals born abroad. More information on U.S. noncitizen nationals can be found at the Department of State Certificates of Non-Citizen Nationality.

Commitments and Expectations

  • If formally appointed as a trainee, the student and mentor must commit to fully participating in the program. This includes completion of required courses and a mandatory industry internship.
  • Trainees and their mentors are expected to actively participate in the BLP during their appointment, and continue to participate in select activities after graduation from the program.
  • The BLP will periodically host seminars and events that may be attended by any member of the Caltech community.