Welcome to the University of Arizona Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (UA PREP)

Program overview

  • University of Arizona Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (UA PREP) seeks to provide American Indian/Alaskan Native students with a rigorous research and educational program that honors Indigenous perspectives and nurtures a strong sense of well-being and belonging. This program will enhance the confidence and success of participants and their matriculation into strong biomedical PhD programs and subsequently increase the diversity of PhD-level scientists.
  • Upon completion of UA PREP students will attain a Graduate certificate, Foundations for Biomedical Science PhDs Serving Indigenous Cultures. 
  • Participants will be engaged in 75% mentored research and 25% professional development. 
  • UA PREP accepts up to 4 participants into the program, which starts in early June of each year. 
  • Students will receive a salary of $27,000, plus health insurance.
  • If this program is for you, scroll down to the "Application process" and apply.

Program activities

  • Research
  • Coursework
  • Professional development
  • Financial support


Application process

  • Participates will apply through the Graduate College HERE
  • Early application deadline is March 2
  • Application fee waivers are available for American Indian/Alaska Native applicants. Please send an email to Tiffani Begay and include your name, student ID, and Certificate of Indian Blood.


  • Membership in an American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe
  • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited US college or university (no more than 36 months prior to applying to UA PREP)
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Must plan to enter a PhD program in a biomedical field after successful completion of UA PREP

Application requirements:

  • Applicant’s background information, academic history, two essays, unofficial transcript(s) (if accepted, an official will be required), a copy of GRE scores (if taken), CV/resume, and three letters of references.

All applications will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by our committee and we will contact all of our applicants with a response in April.


Tucson, Arizona

Email: uaprep[at]