Application Process

NU PREP is a one-year program that provides enhanced research training, academic support, and mentoring to recent post baccalaureate students who are planning to apply to PhD programs in biomedical research. Entry into NU PREP is competitive and based on past research experience, research interests, and career plans. The application opens in early Fall with a deadline of February 1. The program begins July 1. The portal for NU PREP Applications for the 2021 – 2022 academic year will open October 15th.

Eligibility:  Northwestern University follows the guidelines for eligibility set by NIH. Please see the NIH PREP website for more information.

To participate in the PREP program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research or from a disadvantaged background;
  • Have a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science field from an accredited U.S. college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying to a PREP; and
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a degree program.

The NU PREP Application consists of the following:

1) PREP Application Form

The online application form includes information regarding educational and academic background, personal statement, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, list of recommenders, and NU PREP faculty of interest. Submission of GRE scores and a diversity statement are optional. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application. Please contact  if you do not receive a confirmation or have any questions regarding the application.

Please fill out applications using the following link:


2) Faculty Recommendations

Please arrange for three individuals to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Once you have selected your recommenders please provide them with the following link for submission of their materials. Although you will list them in your application, we do not contact them.

Faculty please submit your recommendations using the following link:

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021.