Information for Potential Predoctoral Trainees

Who is eligible

Current graduate students working toward the PhD under the direction of a preceptor of the Training Program in a field related to communication sciences and disorders may apply to the Training Program. Students must be U.S. citizens and meet the other criteria for eligibility established by NIH. Students who have been accepted in a participating graduate program, but have not yet begun study are also eligible to apply.


All trainees are expected to complete the program of study required by their home departments. Trainees are expected to work full-time on the research training program. Trainees have several additional course requirements:

  • Weekly participation in and regular presentation at the Doctoral Research Forum (SPHSC 567).
  • Weekly participation in the Training Grant Seminar each year.
  • Completion of one content course outside the area of study, chosen in consultation with the student’s committee and approved by the Training Program Director.
  • Preparation and submission of a predoctoral fellowship application (NIH F31 or equivalent).
  • Completion of Grant Writing in the Hearing and Speech Sciences (SPHSC 568).
  • Participation in the Biomedical Research Integrity series annually.

Period of appointment

Students are appointed for one year, with re-appointment for a second contingent on adequate progress. Students must apply for re-appointment. Students may compete for, but are in no way guaranteed, support beyond two years.

Support offered

Trainees are paid a stipend according to the NIH schedule, and their tuition is covered by the training program. Limited funds are available for travel to scientific meetings and for research expenses.

Application Process

Applications are accepted each year in for entrance into the program on or after July 1. Students must submit a curriculum vitae: a 4-page summary of their proposed research; a 1-page description of other planned training activities, such as coursework, teaching or clinical practice; 2 letters of recommendation; and a letter of support from the proposed mentor. The deadline for application is announced each spring. Contact Lynne Werner, Program Director, for additional information.