How To Apply

Applications for 2014-2015 are now closed.


Students Must:

  • Have prior research experience.
  • Be a rising junior at UC Berkeley or otherwise have two full years remaining as an enrolled undergraduate.
  • Be able to commit to a full 2 years (24 months) of the program as an enrolled student from June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016Note that continuation of the second year of the program (June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016) is contingent upon renewed program funding, but students should expect to commit for the full two years.
  • Be seriously committed to obtaining a Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree in the biomedical or behavioral sciences and intend on applying to these graduate programs within 1-2 years after graduation from UC Berkeley.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or non-citizen national (see application for details).
  • Be a major or intended major in a biological and/or behavioral field such as Integrative Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Environmental Science and Policy Management, Plant and Microbial Biology, Molecular Environmental Biology, Molecular Toxicology, Nutritional Science, Public Health, Bioengineering, Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Psychology. Please contact us if you are unsure if your major or field of research is appropriate.
  • Fit with the goals of the program to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups pursuing and earning Ph.D's or M.D./Ph.D.'s in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Nationally, groups found to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research include, but are not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, Natives of the US Pacific Islands, disabled students, first generation college students, or from a disadvantaged background.*
  • Have demonstrated leadership and service, a commitment to promoting diversity in the sciences and to improving the health and welfare of underserved communities.

*Disadvantaged status defined as: 1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.  These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs.  The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at  For individuals from low-income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such candidates (a) have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) have received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or (c) have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need. 2. Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.


  • All other things being equal, priority will be given to those applicants who already have placement in the lab in which they wish to continue. Therefore, if you do not have a current lab position or would like to change labs, we strongly encourage you to speak with MARC Staff (Corey Welch (510) 643-3866) BEFORE the application deadline about how to find a lab placement that is a good fit for you. Remember that prior research experience is required for the MARC Scholars program.
  • Submit the application form and all supporting documents (transcripts, essays, resume) with your electronic application by the deadline. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Please make sure to share this Mentor Letter Instructions Document with your current Principal Investigator (PI) or the PI you intend to work with as a MARC scholar when you request a letter.
  • TWO letters of recommendation must be received by April 8, 2014 at 9 a.m. If you are in a lab and intend to stay in that lab as MARC Scholar, one of your letters MUST be from your faculty mentor and must follow the guidelines in the Mentor Letter Instructions Document. The other letter can come from anyone who can speak to your interest in and/or aptitude for research, preparation for graduate studies, and how being a MARC Scholar will benefit you. This could be from a GSI, professor, employer, advisor, mentor, etc.
  • Letters should be emailed directly from the letter writers to or faxed to 510-643-9961.
  • Any additional questions can be directed to the MARC Program staff at



Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of MARC staff and faculty. Selected applicants will be chosen for an in-person interview. From those interviews the committee will select candidates who will then interview with their prospective faculty research advisor(s) if they do not have a lab position already.  Final placement in a lab will be determined based upon the mutual agreement of the student and faculty advisor.

For the Spring 2014 application cycle, interviews will occur in mid-April and applicants will be informed about their final acceptance status by mid-late April.