Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Training Program

The ISCRM Scholars program, funded by the State of Washington, provides opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars interested in stem cell and regenerative medicine technologies to train under the guidance of excellent mentors, faculty of ISCRM. This training will simultaneously enrich the trainee research and strengthen the future of stem cell and regenerative medicine research and technology development in the state of Washington.



Applications are open to U.S. and lawfully-admitted non-U.S. citizens (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).

The applicant must be accepted into the laboratory of an ISCRM faculty mentor. Preferences will be given to trainee projects that involve interdisciplinary training, for example, collaboration between two laboratories.

Applicants must be willing to participate in outreach activities and an in-person interview.


Selection Criteria

       -- Overall quality of the applicant.

       -- Promise of the proposed research (intellectual merit and creativity).

       -- Importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s long-term goals.

       -- Training environment.


How to Apply -- Deadline: September 1, 2017

Application Materials. The applicant must submit all of the materials listed below in pdf format to the ISCRM Scholars Program Coordinator, Leena Pranikay ( A single pdf document is preferred.

1. Completed ISCRM Scholars Program Application.

2. Research Plan and Career Goals document (2 pages) that includes:

       -- Importance of research questions being addressed.

       -- A general description of the research.

       -- Interdisciplinary approach/skills and proposed collaborators.

       -- Statement of career goals.

3. Record of graduate course work and grade point average (unofficial transcripts are sufficient). We do not need undergraduate transcripts.

4. Mentor’s Training Plan document (1 page) that includes:

       -- An evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, areas that will be strengthened in the training period, and an assessment of their potential for a career in research.

       -- Mentoring/training relationship with any collaborator(s) on the applicant’s research project.

       -- Expected trainee milestones, including publications and grant applications and a plan for training in scientific writing, seminar presentation, the basics of career advancement in academia and industry, and the fundamentals of laboratory management.

       -- A commitment of resources to help facilitate success of the project.

       -- A funding plan for the trainee at the end of their support in our program.

*Mentors should be aware that ISCRM funding does not fully cover trainee costs. It is the responsibility of the trainee’s mentor to cover costs that exceed the award.


Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation from two individuals (excluding the primary mentor) must be submitted to the ISCRM Scholars Program Coordinator, Leena Pranikay ( If applicable, one of the letters should be from a collaborator.

Letters should provide evidence of the quality of the candidate, the trainee’s potential for creative, innovative research, and the trainee’s potential to become an independent scientist and leader in the field of biomedicine and health.