NIH Immunology Training Grant Application Process

We have 3 pre-doctoral slots available as part of our UC Irvine NIH Immunology Research Training Grant (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases T32 AI 060573 -  These pre-doctoral training slots are assigned through a highly competitive process every year.  Thanks to the School of Graduate Studies, we can also offer a 4th training slot.  Although this is not officially part of the T32, it will provide the same level of support.

Pre-doctoral Immunology students are eligible after they have passed their first-year qualifying exam (or equivalent); therefore, 2nd year-onwards immunology students are eligible for this support.  We also invite current awardees to re-apply for a second year of support. Note that only US Citizens and US Permanent Residents are eligible under this grant. 

Each nomination package should include:

1. Letter of nomination from mentor (immunology faculty PI). 1-2 pages

2. NIH biosketch (max 3 pages) plus graduate transcripts (including GRE scores).

3. Two-page description of Aims and Experimental design of the student's thesis work that is ongoing and predicted for the next year that is prepared by the student

Please submit each package as a single PDF, which you can submit to Rebecca Taylor (, UC Irvine Institute for Immunology administrative office, Hewitt Hall 3rd floor. All applications will be evaluated by the IFI steering committee. A call for applications is sent out each August and the successful applicants will be notified of support by September 1 of the training year.  Support will be retroactive to September 1.  Should you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Taylor at the Institute for Immunology (

Students should also consider applying for an individual F31 or F32 /National Research Scholar Award:

The School of Graduate Studies offers a financial incentive to apply for an F-series individual award: