Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)


Qualifications for Selection

The primary qualifications for this program include current enrollment in a biomedical or health-related PhD program at UIC, successful completion of PhD qualifying exams, and a commitment to training for a clinical/translational research career. In the current round, no NIH slots are open. Funding has been obtained for GEMS-associated students in PhD programs of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Anatomy & Cell Biology, and Physiology & Biophysics. In general, the sources of CCTS stipend funds for PECTS trainees are the NIH or institutional (e.g. colleges).

Applicants must have a completed proposal for a suitable dissertation project. Suitable projects should include a component that fits within the broad scope of translational research. For example, projects may include, human subjects research, use of human materials, infrastructure related to human subject investigation, or have implications for disease mechanisms, therapeutics, diagnostics, or prevention.

To be eligible for the CCTS PECTS, applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission. In addition, trainees must be able to commit full-time effort in the program.

UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. This includes underrepresented racial, ethnic, social, cultural, economic, or educational backgrounds that may have inhibited an individual's ability to pursue a career in clinical and translational research up to this point. UIC acknowledges that diversifying the student and faculty bodies improves the quality of the training and educational environment.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Susan Lynch
Phone:  (312) 413-5429

For questions regarding the CCTS PECTS Program, please contact one of the following:

Larry Tobacman

Jack Zwanziger

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