How to Apply

Certificate program applicants must contact the Education & Career Development staff at and must complete the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences online application by the following deadlines:

Summer Semester: April 1
Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: October 1

Application Requirements

  • Fulfill all requirements for admission to UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Have a minimum of 50 percent protected time devoted to the Didactic and Socratic curriculum, research project, and the research practicum.
  • A career development plan (1000 words or less; Should be single-spaced, 0.5 inch margins): Include current area(s) of research interest, current areas of clinical/translational investigation, a proposed training plan including information about additional training, what you hope to gain from the mentor experience, what courses you think will be the most beneficial to your success, and career goals.
  • A description of a potential research project you would like to work on or are thinking about (500 words or less; should be single-spaced, 0.5 inch margins)
  • Submit a copy of your current CV with this application, using the standardized UT Southwestern Promotion & Tenure format, which can be found on this shared drive: W:\PUB\SMSDEAN\Promotion & Tenure or by contacting
  • Submit the following letters of recommendation (the letter from your Department Chair must be mailed or hand-delivered. The remaining letters may mailed, hand-delivered or sent by email. Addresses are to the right of this page)
    • A detailed letter of support from your Department Chair, sealed in an envelope with the signature of the Chair across the seal. The letter should describe the Chair's opinion of the candidate's talents, energy and potential, and the role that the candidate will play in the department. 

      The letter should make clear that the Chair will provide 50 percent protected time for the graduate certificate candidate for a minimum of two years, and funding for the candidate's salary and fringes during this time.

      The letter should be addressed to Robert D. Toto, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research.
    • Two letters of reference from persons who know your professional or academic qualifications. Department Chair and Mentor(s) should NOT be included on this list. Letters should be addressed to the Clinical Research Scholars Selection Committee.
    • A letter from your Scientific Mentor, documenting your commitment to a career in clinical/translational research.