Application for Graduate Students                            (closed)

We are accepting applications from MS. and Ph.D. students in Environmental Neuroscience for fellowships starting: 

                                                      August 1, 2020, and ending July 31, 2021


Applications should be sent to:



The Admission Committee will examine all complete applications, submitted electronically to the above address and before the deadline


                                                      - Deadline: June 30, 2020


All applicants have to be sponsored by a PI who belongs to the UPR or to UMET and who is based in Puerto Rico.

Projects performed with one of the PRCEN-participating PIs will get priority for admission.

Projects performed with qualifying but non-participating-PRCEN PIs will be considered and are encouraged if they meet the basic requirements of having (1) an environmental and a neuroscience component and (2) are a good fit for the proposed specific aims (SPAs) of the PRCEN-II grant.


Major evaluation criteria will be:

- Neuroscience and Environmental components of the proposed project

- Fit to the proposed aims of the PRCEN-CREST grant

- Robustness of the proposal

Application instruction and documents needed.


Please submit electronically (to all the following 6 items (1 to 6):


  1. The application Form (click HERE)

  2. Project SPA (one page, see a proposed standardized format)

  3. A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring PI (who will briefly describe his/her commitment to the proposed project)

  4. A letter of recommendation from another Professor/PI (Recommendation letters should be submitted by each PI directly, but it will be the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that both letters have been submitted on time.)

  5. Biosketch (modeled on NSF-Standard), which should contain all necessary administrative information, namely: (1) full name, (2) student number, (3) enrollment status (University/campus/program/year…), and (5) email contact. Please, do not provide the SSN.

  6. Career objectives Statement (one page, which should clearly describe the short-term and the long-term professional objectives with a timeline, and the intended means to reach them

  7. Most up-to-date listing of courses and grades to conduct a preliminary review of compliance with the minimal GPA and GPS of 3.00. It could be a student copy of a transcript, the official transcript, or the data provided by university student portal (, as long as all the course names, codes, numbers of credits and grades are included. An official transcript still needs to be sent to the following address to corroborate the preliminary information provided:

Maria A. Sosa 

Dept. Anatomy & Neurobiology, Office A561, Main Bldg UPR School of Medicine 

PO Box 365067, San Juan P.R. 00936-5067

An application will be considered complete when all 6 documents have been submitted electronically to the proper email address ( Following each monthly deadline (see above), all complete and properly submitted applications will be evaluated by the admission committee.

The selected candidates will be invited for one-on-one interviews with 3 different members of the admission committee, prior to final approval.


Upon admission, the graduate research fellow and his/her mentor will sign a binding agreement form certifying that upon accepting the fellowship the student and the PI will follow all guidelines and rules (click HERE).


Note: Applications for graduate fellowships for the following full academic year (renewal, and new) will be an independent process, that will start during Summer and will be announced here, in a timely manner.


All fellows will submit an annual progress report (PR) and the sponsoring PI will submit a written evaluation of the student’s performance. Both will be due no later than May 31, 2020.  


Evaluation of the annual reports will be performed by the Educational Committee and will be an important part of the fellow-initiated application for a one-year fellowship renewal.


No fellowship will be automatically renewed from one academic year to the next. A graduate student applying for renewal will have to follow the same rules and deadlines as for new application and as described here.



Institute of Neurobiology
201 Blvd. del Valle, Old San Juan, PR 00901
Tel: 787-721-4149

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