Viral Pathogenesis Training Grant

Graduate Students

Viral Pathogenesis Training Grant

We are now accepting applications! Please submit yours by April 19, 2018.

Description of Training Program

The Viral Pathogenesis Training Program (VPTP) is designed to link students from a variety of graduate programs who are currently training in virology laboratories in Seattle. The program brings together laboratories at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) and the University of Washington (UW) with the goal of drawing on the rich history of viral research at these institutions to form a unique training opportunity for Seattle-area graduate students.

Participating laboratories include those led by established leaders in viral pathogenesis research, promising junior faculty, as well as senior investigators who have recently expanded their research to include the study of viruses. These research groups all have very vibrant and actively funded research programs and a commitment to graduate student training. The shared focus on mechanisms of viral pathogenesis is designed to create an umbrella for the students who are funded by this training grant that enhances graduate training.


  • Trainee must be doing thesis work with a mentor who participates in the Viral Pathogenesis Training Program
  • Trainee must be a U. S. citizen, non-citizen national, or have permanent residence status.
  • Trainee must be eligible for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award support
  • Trainee must have completed first year of coursework and rotations
  • At the time of award, trainee must be in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of PhD program or in the process of completing 1st year in the lab if in the MSTP program


  • Trainee stipend (NRSA predoctoral stipend level is $1948/month) and partial benefits
  • Partial tuition support
  • Please note mentors will be responsible for some portion of trainee support not covered by the VPTG.

Additional Information:

Please note, this training grant is managed by the UW and thus pay and benefits will be through the UW.

In addition to the curriculum required by the student’s graduate program, students who are funded by the VPTG will be required to take courses that will enhance their training in viral pathogenesis, including one required course in viral pathogenesis (MCB532), and one of several elective courses, which will include topics relevant to current program research (either PABIO 552, IMMUN 532, MCB 551 or MCB/FHCRC 533). Finally, because writing is an important component of academic scientists' training, VPTG trainees will receive opportunities for additional training in this area.

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For further information, contact:

Shama Samant, Training Grant Administrator

Julie Overbaugh,
Program Director