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REACH Postbaccalaureate Program Racial Equity to Advance a Community of Health


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Are you about to graduate from college and interested in a career in STEMM? Are you not sure what you want to do but you like STEMM and are curious how to make a career in STEMM? Do you want to go to graduate school or medical school but need to strengthen your application? Are you willing to work hard, to be challenged on a daily basis?


The REACH Program is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a four-year college or university before matriculation into the program.
  • Are eligible for employment in the US (at minimum, must be able to provide unexpired documentation from page 3 of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form).
  • Completed and submitted all requested materials.

Funding Support

Funding level: Funding is guaranteed for one year with the annual stipend of $63,500 and an additional signing bonus of $6,000 (to be distributed on the first paycheck).  Health care benefits can be provided through Cardinal Care Health Insurance.  Access to all Stanford recreational and research facilities are included.

Funding period: One year of funding. Optional second year of funding comes from host lab/research-group.

Application Process and Components

There are two application components (both must be completed to be considered for admission):

  1. Stanford employment application
  2. REACH SlideRoom application

All letters of recommendation, transcripts, and CVs should be submitted through our SlideRoom portal.

To apply, you will need to:

  1. Fill out basic details about your background, educational history, and program eligibility.
  2. Write 5 short responses to essay prompts of  1000-3000 characters each:
    1. Research Statement: 1) Describe any research that you have been involved in and your particular contributions that have helped prepare you to conduct research. Include any relevant coursework or work experiences. Be sure to highlight deliverables such as presentations, publications, and awards. 2) Describe a research project that you would like to be involved with, and why.
    2. Academic and Extracurricular Experiences: Tell us how specific educational experiences in and/or outside of your academic institution have prepared you for a career in STEMM.
    3. Life Experiences: Tell us about who you are and how your life experiences have shaped your interests and career goals and make you a great candidate for this program.
    4. Mission Statement: Please describe how your personal identities, values, and/or goals can enrich the REACH Initiative mission.
    5. Vision Statement: Why are you interested in REACH and what do you hope to achieve during this postbac research experience? Describe your short-term plans and how you envision the REACH Postbac Research Program will help you accomplish your goals. Be specific.
  3. Indicate a set of REACH research mentors who you might be interested in working with from the programs and faculty listed at Departments and Programs page.
  4. Provide a resume and a PDF transcript from your academic institution(s). If you have attended multiple institutions, you can provide transcripts from each merged into a single PDF.
  5. Provide email addresses for two letters of recommendation from mentors. Your mentors will need to provide their letter by our application deadline (February 10th, 2024). When choosing who should be your recommenders, we suggest academic mentors who know you well, like an academic advisor, research mentor (if you have one), or professor.

Apply Here  by February 10th, 2024. *Application portal opens January 10th, 2024. *Deadline extended to 2.12.2024

Please send any questions about the application process