The application process is now open for a new doctoral program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that will train the next generation of scientists who want to discover better treatments and cures for catastrophic diseases.
“The doctoral students who come to St. Jude will have the opportunity to make a real-world impact as they see how bench science is translated into innovative patient care,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer.
The class size will be limited to 10 to 15 students per year, and admission will be highly selective. The application period extends through Dec. 1, 2016, with the inaugural class chosen in the spring of 2017. Studies will begin in August 2017. Students will be fully funded by St. Jude while getting their degree.
“The program is going to be completely unique,” explained Stephen White, D.Phil., dean of the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “We have had the chance to design it from scratch without any preconceived notions about graduate education that are typically found in the big teaching institutions. And we have designed an innovative, challenging curriculum.”
The mission of the graduate school is to educate and train future generations of scientists that are seeking to understand human disease and develop therapies based on that understanding.
St. Jude wants to maximize student potential through self-guided learning, with help from St. Jude researchers, and wants to give young scientists opportunities for development, leadership and success in scientific discovery.
Students Benefits are:
- A stipend of $35,000 per year.
- Medical benefits for you and your dependents.
- A full tuition waiver.
- Time off for holidays, breaks, and medical and personal leave (with approval).
- Free, secure on-campus parking.
- Free access to on-site fitness center, including exercise classes and wellness seminars.
- Laptop and IT support for the duration of studies at St. Jude.
- Training in English as a second language, if applicable.
- Professional development support, including travel allowance for conferences, regular career-oriented seminars and events, networking opportunities and exposure to internationally-recognized speakers.