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In line with institutional policies relating to diversity and inclusion, the Molecular Biophysics Training Program strongly encourages applications from prospective students and preceptors from diverse backgrounds. Diversity takes many different forms and includes, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, unique work or life experience, etc.


Applications for 2020-2021 will be accepted starting in June 2020. 

The Molecular Biophysics Training Program solicits nominations from Biophysics Preceptors in June each year for appointments that typically begin in September that year. In order to be appointed as a Biophysics Trainee, you need to be enrolled in one of the seven graduate programs, must work with a biophysics preceptor on a biophysics-related research topic, and must be in your second or third year of graduate study at the time of appointment. Please note that Northwestern is a welcoming environment for students with disabilities. For more details on the application/nomination process, please see this document. To access the IDP form for trainee nominations, please follow this link.

If you are not already a graduate student at Northwestern and are considering a career in biophysics, please visit the research and preceptors pages on this website, identify preceptor(s) you would like to work with, and apply to the graduate program to which the preceptor is affiliated. Follow the links below to initiate the application process (please visit the graduate programs page on the website to learn more about each program):

If you are an undergraduate student interested in gaining research experience in biophysics, please apply to the following summer research programs:

Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to


To become a Biophysics Preceptor, please send your current NIH biosketch and a cover letter to the attention of the Program Director, Ishwar Radhakrishnan ( The training program accepts applications from prospective preceptors until May 31. The MBTP Steering Committee will evaluate applications after this deadline and make appointments that start July 1, coincident with the start of the grant year.

In the cover letter, prospective preceptors must describe why they would be a good fit for the program, i.e. they must describe their commitment to graduate training and specifically, their commitment to training the next generation of molecular biophysicists. Providing graduate training opportunities in molecular biophysics research and attendance at MBTP-sponsored activities (which are open to all) are examples that demonstrate such commitment. Once appointed to the program, preceptors are expected to continue their participation in program-sponsored activities and engage with the broader biophysics community. They may also be asked to offer a section of the team taught course on contemporary biophysics methods or the biennial workshop on structural biology and serve on committees.

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