Predoctoral Fellows in Molecular & Environmental Toxicology

Our NIEHS T32 training grant supports eight predoctoral fellows and three postdoctoral trainees per year. Initial appointments are for 1 year with the possibility of renewal for a second year, depending on satisfactory progress and mentor participation.

Students who are appointed to the grant are typically dissertators or will achieve dissertator status within the year.

Applications for trainee positions are submitted jointly by the mentor and the predoctoral candidate. Students will already be working in the laboratory of a faculty trainer. This faculty member must be in the approved list of T32 trainers.

Predoctoral stipend levels are determined by NIH and do not vary based on grant nor where the student is in his/her graduate career. The current stipend is $24,324. The rates for FY18 are listed here.

Application Process

Applications to be a predoctoral trainee are due May 1st for a September 1st start or October 1st for a January 1st start. If your mentor wishes to have a different time consideration, please contact

The following application materials should be submitted electronically to

1. A brief description of the proposed research project and how it is relevant to the mission of the NIEHS (see NIEHS TG Guidelines).
2. Letter of Recommendation from the proposed mentor including preferred start date.
3. A statement by the mentor describing his/her proposed participation in the upcoming year.
4. If you are outside of MET, but your advisor is not, include two letters of reference from your Grad School application (your program coordinator can help you with these)
5. If you are outside of MET, but your advisor is not, include this datasheet.

– The applicants should have less than three years of postdoctoral research experience (clinical experience is not included in this limit.)
– Preference will be given to candidates with degrees from other universities.
– Proof of US citizenship or permanent resident status will be needed before the appointment can be finalized.
– Postdoctoral trainees are required to submit a fellowship application (NIH NRSA or similar) within their first year on the training grant.

For more help on the NIH fellowship application process, click here.