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We are now accepting applications for entry in Summer 2022.

Jesse Hall and MU columns


We seek underserved, underrepresented and other disadvantaged students with a passion for science, the enthusiasm for hard work in an exciting and supportive environment, and a record of achievement at the undergraduate level.

Please ensure that you meet all the following eligibility criteria as set forth by the NIH.

  1. You must be a US Citizen, National or Permanent Resident.
  2. You must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedical relevant science, from an accredited US college or University, no more than 36 months before your expected matriculation into the PREP program, and not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  3. You must belong to a group considered to be underrepresented in the field of biomedical research by virtue of:
    1. Race/ethnicity. Nationally, racial and ethnic groups who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic/Chicano/Latino(a) Americans, Native American/American Indians, Alaska Natives, Mainland Puerto Rican, or Native Pacific Islander [American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau, or the Philippines]; or
    2. Disability. Those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; or
    3. Disadvantaged background. The NIH considers scientists to have come from a disadvantaged background if they meet at least two of the following criteria:
      1. Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
      2. Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families;
      3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years;
      4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see the U.S. Department of Education);
      5. Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants;
      6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as a parent or child;
      7. Grew up in one of the following areas: (a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer, or (b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas (qualifying zip codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background
  4. You must plan to apply to a PhD granting program in a biomedical related field after successful completion of PREP.

We are now accepting applications for entry in Summer 2022.

Application Process:

  1. This link will take you to the University of Missouri Graduate Application page.
  2. From that page, click on “First-time users: Create an account to start a new application”.
  3. On the next screen, follow instructions to create a password.
  4. Once a password is set, you will be directed to the application landing page. From that page, click on “Start New Application.”
  5. On the pop-up screen, click on “Create Application” and at that point you will enter the MU PREP Scholars Application.
  6. All additional instructions you will need are embedded in the MU PREP Scholars Application.
  7. There is no application fee for the MU PREP Scholars program.


Applications are processed continuously. We will begin reviewing applications in February and continue accepting applications until all positions are filled. The number of MU PREP Scholar positions is limited, so early application is encouraged!


If you have questions about the MU PREP Program, or the application process, please contact: Dr. John David, MU PREP Program Director, at Mail: 420 Tucker Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Phone 573-882-0120.