The application for the MIND Program's 2018-19 class will open July/August 2018.


Postdocs must be in the basic life sciences and hold a postdoctoral title code at the time of application. International and domestic trainees are all eligible and welcome to apply.

Graduate Students** must have passed their qualifying exams, and should be in one of the basic sciences graduate programs:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Medical Informatics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
  • Tetrad

**Note on graduate student eligibilty: If you are slightly outside of the eligibility window, please submit your application, and also e-mail MIND@ucsf.edu to let us know of your situation. 

Program Requirements

All participants must commit to:

  • Attendance at all coursework sessions, 3 full-day events held on Saturdays
  • Completion of 3-5 hours of homework between course dates
  • Participation in bi-weekly peer team meetings, of two-four hours per meeting, through the academic year
  • Conducting a minimum of 3 informational interviews or job shadows in the course of the academic year, and sharing the information they have gathered with their peer teams, and in MINDBank
  • Attendance at the Peer Team Launch, the Peer Team mid-year meeting, and the MIND Program Finale (note these will be half-day gatherings and may be scheduled on a Saturday)
  • Availability for longitudinal surveys about experiences with the program, and career outcomes (up to 5 years)

Participants should also understand that they are joining a research program: MIND seeks to understand the process of career reinvention and test strategies for navigating this transition. As such, participants will be required to complete detailed surveys both during and after the program, for up to 5 years.