Open Positions


Six predoctoral trainee positions will be available starting October 1, 2020 thru September 30, 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a second year with good progress. A predoctoral fellowship includes a yearly stipend; the stipend level for FY 2020 ~ $24,816.  The fellowship also includes an allowance for trainee-related expenses and covers 100% of fees.  

To be eligible, the student must be matriculated in a UC Davis graduate program, must have successfully completed at least the first year of their graduate program, and must be working on a thesis project related to environmental health sciences.

Five of the open positions are funded by NIEHS and, therefore, to be considered eligible, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The sixth position is funded by institutional matching funds, and thus is open to any predoctoral student, including international students, who meet the eligibility requirements described in the preceding paragraph.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • The applicant’s biographical sketch or CV.
  • The mentor’s current NIH biosketch including other support
  • A concise plan (1-3 pages excluding references) describing the proposed research, its relevance to environmental health science and the applicant’s career goals.
  • A copy of graduate and undergraduate academic records.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the PI supervising the trainee’s research.  The PI must include a statement of how the applicant’s project will contribute to the mission of NIEHS ( and how the PI will help the student achieve this goalThe PI must also indicate how many other trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) are currently in the laboratory. (If the PI is listed as trainee faculty on the current T32 training grant then s/he can upload the letter of recommendation on the application website.  If not, the letter should be forwarded to Vickey Webster at
  • A statement from both the applicant and the mentor that if the applicant is awarded a fellowship, both the applicant and the mentor will accept and meet the expectations spelled out in the attached Letter of Agreement.
  • A statement on how the applicant will address the program requirement for didactic training in mechanistic toxicology.

To apply please go to Applications should be submitted by May 8, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by the NIEHS T32 Executive Committee.  Selection is based on academic qualifications and thus is an honor. Other criteria for selection include academic promise, scientific interest, mechanistic focus of the research proposal, use of cutting-edge technology, translational relevance, collaborative involvement and relevance to the mission of NIEHS, which has established this granting mechanism to train the next generation of scientists to further the institute’s mission of protecting environmental health.