We are a comprehensive research university that strives to have an even greater impact—from books and publications, to the classroom, to patient care and disease breakthroughs, to product development and beyond.
We aspire to be a campus community without barriers and silos among faculty, staff and students. We seek to build a holistic local and global community that aspires to exchange ideas among all of its people, and in every sense. We must support one another and talk about difficult things. We must be intentional. We must serve as an anchor institution to our surrounding neighborhoods and region, and be a congealing place in University Circle and in Cleveland.
In the BSTP program, we strive to give even further access to applicants who may have encountered these barriers. All US citizens or permanent residents and all CWRU alumni and current CWRU students (current CWRU or CWRU international alumni must email email@example.com for a fee waiver) are eligible to apply free of charge (without submitting a fee waiver code) up until the priority application deadline of October 15. Application fee waivers are not available to international students this year (except current CWRU or CWRU alumni international students).
Any applicant who identifies as an Underrepresented Minority (URM).
As defined by the NIH, a URM is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We also recognize multiracial students who identify with one or more of these identities and Permanent Residents who identify with one or more of these identities.
- Any applicant who was a participant in any Federal TRIO programs while in undergraduate or graduate school including the McNair Scholars Program and Upward Bound.
- Any applicant who was a participant in the National Name Exchange.
- Any applicant who is a veteran of any branch of the US Military or who has qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
- Any applicant who has participated in an intensive research program sponsored by the Minority Access To Research Careers Branch of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences such as CWRU’s Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).
- Any applicant who lives with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
Any applicant who identifies as economically or socially disadvantaged.
For applicants who have or currently participate in two or more of the following programs and do not identify with the communities above, we also provide an application fee waiver to those U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.
- Any applicant who were or currently is homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
- Any applicant who were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families.
- Any applicant who were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years.
- Any applicant who have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree.
- Any applicant who were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants.
- Any applicant who received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child.
- Any applicant who grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer, or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Area. Only one of the two possibilities in this example can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.
Additionally, all US citizens or permanent residents and all CWRU alumni and current students (international students must email firstname.lastname@example.org for a fee waiver) are eligible to apply free of charge (without submitting a fee waiver code) up until the priority application deadline of October 15.
If an eligible applicant applies after October 15th, they should reach out to email@example.com to request a fee waiver code to submit their application at no cost to them. Use 'URiM fee waiver request' as the subject line and state your citizenship and URiM status in your email. You must have initiated an application before requesting a waiver.
Do not submit the final application until after you receive an email reply stating that the fee waiver has been granted.