Who can apply for the specialization?

The specialization is currently available to Ph.D. students in Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NanoEngineering, Neurosciences, and Physics. 

Students accepted into the specialization may be eligible to receive support through the NIH National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) T32 Graduate Research Training Grant that was officially awarded by the NIH in March, 2009. Training grant fellowships often have the following citizenship information  requirements: 

Kirschstein- NRSA trainees and institutional career development scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.  Trainees or scholars in these programs who are permanent residents of the U.S. must submit a notary’s signed statement with this appointment form certifying that they have (1) A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I - 551), or (2) other legal verification of such status.


How do you apply?

Applications are accepted in Spring Quarter.  If you are interested in our Annual Information Q&A Meeting in late Winter/early Spring Quarter, please email


The application requires that you:

- are currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program of a participating graduate program/department

- complete the Google form Application at link provided on this page, which includes providing GPA/GRE scores from your application to UC San Diego, and be in "Good Academic Standing" as defined by UC San Diego Graduate Division.

- describe how research interests are relevant to the Program theme of Multi-Scale Biology

- submit your Curriculum Vitae

- submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or prospective co-advisor from among the Interfaces Graduate Training Program participating faculty.   Program Steering Committee meets between Spring and Summer Quarter(s) to review all applications and make admissions/training grant fellowship decisions. Sample recommendation letters will be available at the Information Session mentioned above.  Students interested in applying, interested in attending the Spring Information Session, and those with additional questions should contact  Faculty letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to


The program anticipates that applicants to the specialization will receive Steering Committee and award information before July 31st. The official academic start date of the program is Fall Quarter. New and continued NIH training grant funding may begin as early as September 1st.

**This is a general timeline but please keep in mind that due to COVID-19 we will be lenient and understanding. Thank you!

General Information on Progress and Renewal Application

All current Interfaces students are asked to submit annual progress reports.  These materials will serve to assess current progress and are the official review material for the Steering Committee funding decisions. 

Students interested in applying, interested in attending the Spring Information Session, and those with additional questions should contact