Notre Dame Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program 

Jordan Cockfield presents her research at the 2020 3MT qualifying rounds.
Jordan Cockfield presents her research at the 2020 3MT qualifying rounds.

ND-PREP is a federally-funded program to prepare recent college graduates that desire to pursue a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science who need more research experience to be accepted into competitive PhD programs.  The program offers research experiences in biochemistry, bioengineering, biological anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, integrated biomedical sciences, and psychology.

ND-PREP is designed to provide Fellows with the research experience, professional development, and life skills necessary to gain admission to and succeed in competitive biomedical and biomedical-related Ph.D. programs. To offer the best possible foundation in preparation for graduate school, we offer a structured, individualized, interactive (with both peers and mentors), positive, constructive, and supportive environment.

Fellows will participate in a three-part formal training program that emphasizes direct research experience, including: 

  • An intensive hands-on position working as a research associate in a biomedical lab;
  • Skills-development workshops and enrichment activities that will also serve to build a strong cohort;
  • Participation in a unique community engagement activity focused on lead abatement in the local communities.


To be eligible for the ND-PREP program:

  • Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree conferred in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying to ND-PREP.
  • This program is a unique opportunity for candidates from groups historically underrepresented in health-related fields or from disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals:
    • that belong to racial and/or ethnic groups including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders;
    • with physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and/or
    • from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Each Fellow will receive an appointment as a research associate and pay of $32,500 for the period of the appointment (May 30, 2023 – May 24, 2024). See our Cost of Living Comparison page to compare this stipend to equivalent incomes elsewhere in the US.


To find out more about the program, contact Nyrée McDonald, associate dean for graduate enrollment management, at nmcdonal@nd.edu or 574-631-8421.