I am interested in medical school. Can I still apply?

While we cannot prevent you from applying, we would not encourage you to do so. This program is designed for individuals who want to gain research experience and who are exploring bench research as a career trajectory.

I don’t have any previous research experience/my degree is non-STEM. Can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you can provide a rationale for why you are interested in this program and how it aligns with your future aspirations, you can apply.

Will I get a degree at the end of the program?

No, there is no degree awarded at the end of the program.

Does this program cost money?

No. Because this is not a course-based program, there is no tuition to be covered. There is also no fee to apply.

Where should my letter writers submit their letters?

Letter writers should submit their letters directly to DBRMpostbacc@email.wustl.edu

Will participants in this program be considered students?

No, participants in the program will be classed as full-time, benefits-eligible employees of Washington University, and will receive an annual salary of $35,568, paid on a monthly basis.

I’m not a US citizen. Can I apply? Will WUSTL sponsor a work visa for this program?

Washington University will not sponsor work visas for this program. Individuals who have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) on an OPT may apply.

Is housing included?

No. Participants need to secure their own housing and cover any relocation costs. More information about neighborhoods and relocating to St. Louis can be found here.

Is it possible to start the program earlier or later than August 2022?

Participants are expected to begin the program as a cohort in August 2022, and to be in attendance for the 2-day orientation (date to be announced) and to reside in the St. Louis Metro area for the entirety of the program. Earlier start dates may be possible.

What if I want to work with someone who is not listed on the faculty mentor page?

The people listed on the faculty mentor page are those who have space and funds to support a postbaccalaureate scholar. If your preferred lab is not listed, we suggest reaching out to them directly and inquiring if they would be willing to host a scholar as part of this program.

Should I contact the mentors I am interested in working with before I apply?

There is no need to contact prospective mentors before you apply, but you can if you wish.

How is this different than working as a technician in a lab for 1-2 years?

This program is designed specifically to enhance readiness for success in research. Specifically, this program provides opportunities for mentorship, independent research experience, and career development. Successfully completing the program will provide you with the skills needed to enhance your potential for success in applying to graduate school.

Why is this program 2 years long?

In order to receive the full benefit of the program as intended as a preparation for enhancing success in applying to graduate school and readiness in research, the expectation is for individuals to participate for the full two years.  This is not a contractual agreement, but a time-limited opportunity for up to 2 years, and continuation in the program is contingent on satisfactory performance.

How is COVID19 affecting this program?

We continue to monitor the COVID19 situation and will make updates to the program and website as they arise. We will host virtual interviews, but the program will be in-person.

Have a question that isn’t listed here? Contact us at: DBRMpostbacc@email.wustl.edu