UW School of Dentistry

Application Information

To be eligible for a pre-doctoral training position in the University of Washington’s Comprehensive Training Program in Interdisciplinary Oral Health Research, potential applicants must already be enrolled in a UW PhD program or must have applied directly to his / her Graduate Program of interest, typically in oral biology, epidemiology, biostatistics or health services simultaneously with an application for the fellowship.  The training grant cannot offer a position to a pre-doctoral PhD trainee prior to the individual being admitted to a PhD program.  Candidates for the combined DDS / PhD degree program must have been notified of admittance to both the DDS and PhD programs in order to be eligible for support on the training grant. Eligibility for a post-doctoral position requires that the individual has been awarded a doctoral degree prior to receiving support by the training grant.

Information on Pre-doctoral Training Application

Pre-doctoral Fellows (restricted to US citizens/permanent residents)

Applications for a pre-doctoral trainee position typically are submitted from current graduate students in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services or the Oral Biology graduate programs at the University of Washington or from individuals who have already been notified of their acceptance to a graduate program and would like to be considered for training grant support that coincides with the start of the graduate program. Please refer to the departmental website for more information about criteria for admission to the individual graduate programs.

Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must submit application material to the School of Dentistry Office of Research.

Application package includes the following:

  • Brief description of the ongoing or anticipated research and projected timeline for degree completion
  • Up-to-date graduate transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Combined DDS/PhD Trainees (restricted to US citizens/permanent residents)

The goal of the DDS/PhD combined degree program is to educate dually trained clinician-scientists, who are prepared to conduct high-level basic, translational and / or clinical research pertinent to oral health. The program is designed to integrate the dental and PhD training to support transition between the clinical (dental school) training while recognizing that the majority of the clinical education occurs in the initial part of the program, followed by PhD-level didactic and research training, most of which occurs during the latter part of the training period. Students are expected to finish the DDS/PhD program in 7-8 years, depending on the nature and type of research project. After the completion of the DDS degree, trainees focus on completing PhD course work and conducting dissertation research. Students in the DDS/PhD program have to pass the same core requirements as other PhD students; besides the required coursework, the most important milestone is the General Exam which occurs in the 6th and 7th -year of the DDS/PhD program.

Postdoctoral Fellows (restricted to US citizens/permanent residents)

Postdoctoral trainees are selected from applicants recruited through a national and international search. Criteria for selection of trainees from among applicants include their academic performance in graduate programs, the area of research in which they are interested and its fit within the training environment and mentor availability / interest at the UW, and the applicant’s enthusiasm for pursuing dentally-relevant research. Applications from those holding a DDS or equivalent are especially encouraged. To apply for postdoctoral traineeship please complete and send the following documents to the School of Dentistry Office of Research:

Postdoctoral Fellowship for non-US citizens/Permanent Residents

Postdoctoral trainees are selected from applicants recruited through a national and international search. Criteria for selection of trainees from among applicants include their academic performance in graduate programs, the area of research in which they are interested and its fit within the training environment and mentor availability / interest at the UW, and the applicant’s enthusiasm for pursuing dentally-relevant research. To apply for postdoctoral traineeship you must hold a DDS degree (or equivalent) and NOT be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. To apply for postdoctoral traineeship please complete and send the following documents to the School of Dentistry Office of Research:

  • Questionnaire to applicants for postdoctoral training
  • Class standing of applicant for admission to postdoctoral training program
  • Three evaluation letters
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement describing the candidate’s research interests and goals
  • Provide proof of your dental degree that is translated into English and notarized
  • A copy of your dental school transcript that is translated and notarized
  • A TOEFL score that was taken in the last 2 years