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.
Funding for training in the program is available from a variety of public and private sources. The CRRWH currently has a grant for training postdoctoral fellows in reproductive biology from the National Institutes of Health for U.S. citizens (5T32HD007305) and 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 training program or individuals 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 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.
Inquiries regarding admission to the postdoctoral program should be addressed to specific faculty members or Dr. George L. Gerton.
George L. Gerton, Ph.D.
Center for Research on Reproduction and Women;s Health
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
1311 Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6160
Predoctoral applicants must also apply for graduate study through the Biomedical Graduate Studies program:
Biomedical Graduate Studies
421 Curie Boulevard
160 Biomedical Research Building II/III
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064