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REACH Postbaccalaureate Program Racial Equity to Advance a Community of Health


1. What are the requirements to apply to the REACH Postbac Program?
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited four-year college or university by the beginning of the program in Summer 2023.
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA with current work authorization
  • Individuals from populations underrepresented in the US biomedical and clinical research enterprise are especially encouraged to apply
2. Are transcripts required for this program?

Yes, unofficial transcripts are required to verify degree attainment.

3. I'm not an underrepresented minority. Am I still eligible for the REACH Postbac Program?

The REACH Postbac Program is open to all to apply. We are encouraging those who would add diversity broadly defined to Stanford to consider this opportunity. REACH especially encourages applications from:

  •       Individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in STEM fields,
  •       Individuals with disabilities (defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities),
  •       Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria described by the NIH in Category C of https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html)
  •       Women from the above backgrounds or other backgrounds who are underrepresented within biomedical or scientific disciplines
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals
4. Are international students eligible for the REACH Postbac Program?

We are not able to sponsor work visas. However, if you have an active work visa from elsewhere, please contact us directly at reachpostbac@stanford.edu

5. How is funding determined?

Funding is guaranteed for one year with the annual salary of ~$60,000. Full health care benefits will be provided as well as access to all Stanford recreational and research facilities.

6. Can community college students, undergraduate students, college graduates or graduate students participate in the REACH Postbac Program?

This program requires a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a four-year college or university by the beginning of the program in Summer 2023.

7. How are lab placements made? Do I need to reach out to faculty if I want to work with them?

You do not need to but are welcome to contact faculty to discuss a research experience. You can however, research Stanford faculty and labs. Research areas: https://med.stanford.edu/profiles/browse?affiliations=capFaculty Program staff will match admitted scholars to selected research mentors. Lab placements with specific faculty are not guaranteed.  There will be some research rotation opportunity. Staff will match students based on both research interests and current computational research proficiency, if applicable.

8. How long will the program run?

The program will be offered as a one- or two-year program. Check the website (link here) for this year’s program dates.

9. What is the difference between the one- and two-year program?

In a one-year program the expectation is that you will have had significant research experience. To be more inclusive, we do not limit those applicants who haven’t had exposure to a research environment, rather we increase the duration of the program. The two-year program gives more of a full opportunity to get research experience in labs to build specific skill sets as well as more opportunities to select your path, increase networking and professional development skills.

All participants will engage in mini rotations, professional development workshops, didactic learning, and community building opportunities.

10. How many participants will there be in the REACH Postbac Program?

The REACH Postbac program will select a cohort of ~20 each year.

11. Are students without previous research experience eligible? Do I need prior computational research experience to apply?

Students without prior research experience are welcome to apply. Previous research experience is not required. We welcome those with or without prior computational research experience to apply!

12. Does Stanford offer housing for the REACH Postbac Program?

Campus housing will not be available. However, we will provide you with resources on how to find housing in the area.

13. When will the REACH Postbac Program start?

The start date of the program is currently TBD, but likely during the month of July. Please note the deadline to apply is March 3 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. Late applications will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be late March and the deadline to accept admission into the program is April 30th.

14. My recommender did not receive the email with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation. What do I do?

Please email us at reachpostbac@stanford.edu.

15. Do healthcare benefits include dependents (spouse, children etc.) of the Post-bac attendee?

Yes, healthcare benefits include the employee’s dependents (spouse and children).

16. Also, I am aware we need to send recommendation letters, would we be able to send them via Interfolio?

No, recommendation letters will need to be uploaded and submitted on the same platform as the application.

17. Do you accept international students with OPT status?

Eligibility depends on the specifics of your circumstances. We are not able to sponsor work visas. However, if you have an active work visa from elsewhere that will be able to sponsor you while employed in this program, please contact us directly at reachpostbac@stanford.edu.

18. What are the application requirements?

Please see questions 1 and 2 above.

19. Will cohorts be able to take time off to get interviewed at graduate/medical schools?

Yes, this is an expectation of the program that Lab Mentors are aware of. However, Postbacs will need to arrange the specifics of time off with their respective Lab Mentors.

20. Are there any COVID-19 related restrictions?

COVID-19 requirements for all Stanford staff are indicated here: https://healthalerts.stanford.edu/covid-19/staff/. The page above will be updated as requirements change.