NIH Chemistry of Life Training Program (CLTP)

The central goal of this graduate training program is to produce a cadre of chemists who have also received significant training in the life sciences and of life scientists who have also received significant training in chemistry, without sacrificing in-depth training in their core discipline. Through these efforts we are preparing the next generation of scientists fluent in team science and chemistry across the life sciences. 

Program Features:

  • NIH T32 program, supporting 5 new students each year
  • $29,000/year stipend* + full tuition and benefits
  • Involves over 40 faculty trainers across four colleges & integrated with the broader CMI.
  • Interdisciplinary dissertation project with a primary and secondary mentor across the chemistry:life science interface
  • Three lab rotations (in person or virtural) during the 1st semester with no teaching
  • Three additional semesters of research assistant support (4 total), followed by transition to PI grants or other funding (ie, fellowship support or other training grant)
  • Newly developed core courses and carefully constructed 1st year curriculum:
    • Keystone Chemistry of Life Lectures (ISC 501 and 701) & Lab Course in partnership with BIT
    • Team Science Training and Mentorship Training
    • Responsible Conduct of Research and Scientific Ethics Training
    • Individualized portfolio of discipline-specific courses
  • Mentorship of a funded summer undergraduate on a dissertation-relevant project as part of the Comparative Medicine Institute’s Young Scholars Program or Beckman Scholars Program
  • Exposure to topics in entrepreneurship through a workshop in collaboration with ORC
  • Seminar Program, Professional Development Workshops and Annual Symposium

Students will receive their PhD degree from their primary graduate program, but will receive a minor/certificate upon completion of this training program (under development)

The program is open to accepted, incoming first-year graduate students in Chemistry or Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Comparative Biomedical Sciences PhD Programs at NC State.

For more information on the graduate training program, see here: Chemistry of Life Training Program Details

For Fall 2023 admission, interested graduate students who have applied to one of the participating graduate programs should APPLY HERE

* We will match the stipend of a participating graduate program if that exceeds $29,000/year.