Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program


Apply by April 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PST

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C-GEM is repurposing the ribosome, nature’s protein synthesizing machine, to biosynthesize genetically encoded, sequence-defined chemical polymers and natural product-like molecules with unprecedented structures, functions, and activities. C-GEM’s goal is to transform the way scientists design and produce materials and medicines.

The C-GEM PREP program is a one-year research intensive experience for students who have completed (or will complete prior to the program) a Bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a PhD in chemistry or a related discipline. The fellowship consists of 75% research in a C-GEM faculty member’s lab and 25% professional development to support participants through the graduate school application process.

Program details:

  • 1 year full-time program based at UC Berkeley (early July 2023 – late June 2024)
  • Intensive independent research experience in a C-GEM lab (for 2023-4: Cate or Schepartz)
  • Professional development workshops
  • Support during the graduate school application process
  • Full stipend ($31,000+) and benefits for the duration of the fellowship

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Graduated or in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related discipline, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  • Will apply to a chemistry (or related) PhD program during the PREP year