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Training Program

The Molecular Biophysics Training Program (MBTP) at Vanderbilt encompasses a network of faculty, students, and staff with the tools necessary to understand fundamental questions in biology, chemistry and physics. The program faculty and their laboratories combine different disciplines to help understand biology at the molecular level as well as providing community and diverse opportunities for students interested in furthering their knowledge about biophysics. The MBTP strongly encourages the participation of persons from groups that are underrepresented in science.


  • Technical and financial assistance: competitive stipends with full tuition and fees available on a competitive basis
  • Two-year duration after the first year of graduate school
  • Seminars and courses in Molecular Biophysics (open to all students)
  • Present research progress at the Molecular Biophysics Seminar Series
  • Participate in committees to plan the Molecular Biophysics Seminar Series and student recruitment events

Applying to the MBTP Training Grant

  • Apply at end of first year (after two semesters of broad training)
  • Complete the MBTP application process together with advisor
  • Participating graduate programs are listed below. Application portal for first-year admission may be accessed at

Typical Program

Year 1:

  • Broad training through admitting program
  • Select thesis lab
  • Apply for MBTP training grant with advisor

Year 2:

  • Begin 1st year with MBTP
  • Complete course(s) required by their department
  • Graduate seminar in molecular biophysics
  • Qualifying Exam

Year 3:

  • Begin 2nd year with MBTP
  • Present research in progress at the Molecular Biophysics Seminar Series

Year 4+

  • MBTP funding ends, but network and community is still available
  • Teaching assistant opportunities in MBTP-related courses

For a detailed overview of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program at Vanderbilt, please read MBTP-Training-Program.