Application Details

2021 dates:

Application deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021

Acceptance decisions: Friday, September 17, 2021

Fellowship acceptance: Friday, October 1, 2021

Program start: Monday, January 3, 2021


All applicants must have received a PhD or PhD - equivalent in relevant areas of engineering or biology and have no longer than two years of prior postdoctoral training when their program cycle begins. For this NIH-sponsored program, candidates need to have US citizenship or permanent residency. We especially encourage people belonging to groups that are typically underrepresented in stem cell research to apply.

Application Process

Candidates need to identify a primary research laboratory at the IBSC and work with that PI on the research plan for the application. Please contact the IBSC if you require guidance to identify an appropriate laboratory (

Important Dates

All dates for the 2021 fall deadline (cohort starting in January 2022) will be posted here.

Application Documents (forms provided below)

1) NIH-format Biosketch (postdoctoral fellowship format) - please include the reason for your desire for further education and your fit with the goals of the IRACDA program in the Personal Statement (maximal 2 pages for the Personal Statement).

2) Application form

3) Research plan – 2 pages or less (plus references), developed in collaboration with your sponsoring research mentor. Please use no smaller than 11 pt font and at least 0.5 inch page margins on letter-sized documents.

4) Letter by the sponsoring mentor, sent directly to program administrator. Please provide her/him with the directions for the mentor letter.

5) Two additional letters by mentors or supervisors that can evaluate your fit for this training program, for example your Ph.D. supervisor. Please provide him/her with the directions for the reference letter.