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Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Program Summary

Pre-doctoral fellows must be accepted through the standard application processes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison into a graduate program in the Department of Communicative Disorders or the Department of Biomedical Engineering prior to applying to this training program. Pre-doctoral fellows accepted into the program will have an individualized study plan tailored to their interests and background. The individualized study plan will integrate the Department requirements with the training grant curriculum and the research activities. The training experience will traditionally cover a three-year period. In order to ensure that trainees understand the essentials of translating research from the bench to the bedside, the training program will integrate a variety of seminars and lectures on clinical research and voice biology, as well as voice related conferences, journal clubs, and lab meetings with the traditional graduate coursework and research experience.

Pre-doctoral trainees will be encouraged to submit an individual F31 training grant in cases where more than three years of funding is necessary to complete their training program.


Pre-doctoral trainee stipends are based on the current NIH National Research Service Award pre-doctoral stipend levels. Trainees are also eligible for health insurance, tuition support, and some travel money when appropriate for advancing the training experience.


Applicants must have been accepted into a University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or the College of Engineering with a voice-related research project under the primary mentorship of one of the trainers on this grant. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

Application Process

Interested individuals should submit college transcripts, GRE scores, curriculum vitae, letter of intent describing career goals and research interests, as well as one recommendation from a past or current mentor. Application should be submitted in the form of one .pdf document that includes all of the elements.

Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

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Accepting applications for 2016-2017.

Criteria for Acceptance

Applicants to the program will be reviewed and accepted based on past experience, interest in pursuing a voice-related research career, and quality of recommendations. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System