Training

Training in reproductive biology and women's health research is available for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. Besides the research programs of each of the faculty, trainees participate in weekly journal clubs and work-in-progress meetings, a seminar series with visiting scientists, and annual research retreats of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health. Trainees are also encouraged to present their research in other local conferences, as well as national and international scientific meetings.

Predoctoral candidates may obtain their degrees from one of the many graduate programs administered by the Biomedical Graduate Studies program. Each of the training faculty is a member of one or more interdepartmental graduate groups offering degrees in many biomedical fields.

Financial Support

Funding for training in the program is available from a variety of public and private sources. The CRRWH currently has a grant to support the Penn Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Center that trains and mentors obstetrician-gynecologists (5K12HD001265). Several private foundations provide support to the CRRWH for the training of foreign and U.S. scientists. In fact, many of the program's trainees have been successful in obtaining their own fellowship funding from various organizations. In addition, research grants to individual faculty members may provide funding for the training of predoctoral and postdoctoral scientists.

Admission

Admission to the program is based upon the applicant's qualifications, availability of support, and the identification of an appropriate mentor.

Predoctoral candidates must meet the requirements for admission to one of the graduate groups administered by the Biomedical Graduate Studies program of the University of Pennsylvania.

Postdoctoral applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or V.M.D.). Admission to the program will be decided by the faculty. Past academic achievements, letters of recommendation, aptitude for research, and statements of interests are important aspects of the decision process.

Application Process

Inquiries regarding admission to the postdoctoral program should be addressed to specific faculty members.

Predoctoral applicants must also apply for graduate study through the Biomedical Graduate Studies program:

Admissions Coordinator
Biomedical Graduate Studies
421 Curie Boulevard
160 Biomedical Research Building II/III
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064
Telephone: (215)-898-1030
http://www.med.upenn.edu/bgs/