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Applications for the BUILD 2019/2020 program are now open and will close on March 1, 2019. Students will take part in face-to-face interviews in late March to early April, be notified of their acceptance status in April and start the program in June. Information Sessions detailing the program are held periodically November through February. Visit the Information Session page for upcoming Info Session dates or to watch the online Info Session video. Please fill out our interest form at the button below so we can keep you up-to-date on upcoming information sessions and application deadlines.


Application Process Timeline

Below is a general timeline of CSULB BUILD recruiting activities so you can put a reminder on your calendar. The application period for 2019/2020 is now open and will end March 1, 2019.

  • November:  Applications Open | Fall Information Sessions
  • February:  Spring Information Sessions
  • March: Applications Due  |  Scholar Interviews (Before Spring Break)
  • May: Selection Notices
  • June: BUILD Scholar and Fellows Programs Begin

Informational Sessions about the program are often scheduled in November and February each year. If you are unable to make it to one of them, the basic information presented is available for download.

Who can apply?

If you are interested in a career and advanced degrees in health-related research and have at least one year (Fellows) or two years (Scholars) left before completing your undergraduate degree, you can apply for the CSULB BUILD program. Although all students, regardless of background are welcome, you are strongly encouraged to apply if you have any of the following characteristics:

  • You are from a traditionally underrepresented group in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences
  • You have demonstrated personal achievement or endured life challenges that can contribute to the diverse perspectives in health-related research (e.g., first-generation college student, limited English proficiency, disability, geographic residency, refugee status, financially disadvantaged backgrounds, etc.)
  • You have a commitment to community service or underserved populations

In addition, you must be a U.S. Citizen, non-national citizen or permanent resident interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a career in health-related research. You will need to be a CSULB undergraduate student during the entirety of your time with the program and have at least 1 year (Fellows) or 2 years (Upper Division/Scholars), remaining before graduation as of June.

How do I apply?

The application period for 2019/2020 is now open
and will end on March 1, 2019.

To complete an application, you will be asked to upload several elements into the system. So that you can be prepared, we've published a list of these elements here.

The CSULB BUILD Scholars programs use a joint online application form with MARC U*STAR and RISE, which are similar NIH-funded CSULB programs. The application form includes eligibility information and eligible applicants will need to complete and submit the Application by the Application deadline, which will be March 1, 2019.

Whether you are in the BUILD training program or not, you are always welcome to join us for our upcoming workshops. Please check the Homepage and News & Events page often for upcoming events.

Application Forms

What Benefits does BUILD offer Students?

Mentored Research Training

  • Mentored research
    • Approx. 20 hours per week (Upper Division/Fellows)
  • Summer Research Experience
    • Full-time
    • 8 weeks for Scholars and Fellows starting the first week of June
  • Professional and research guidance with your faculty mentor


Professional Development

  • Learning Community experience
    • Individual academic and research development plan
    • Graduate school prep and application support
    • Workshops/Colloquia (guest speakers)
    • Presentation opportunities
  • Research Courses
  • Priority registration
  • GRE prep


Financial Support

  • Monthly stipend (Scholars) or hourly salary (Fellows)
  • Partial Tuition support (Scholars)
  • Funding for research supplies
  • Conference travel (Scholars and Fellows)

What are the selection criteria?

We are looking for dedicated students, with a potential to succeed, who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree and a career in health-related research from the Colleges of Health and Human Services (CHHS), Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), Liberal Arts (CLA), or Engineering (COE). Applications will be reviewed based on a number of criteria including:

  • Evidence of strong academic performance or potential;
  • Passion for scientific inquiry;
  • Potential for successful research careers;
  • Evidence of resilience, persistence, a potential for leadership, and a desire to help others through research.

How many students will BUILD select this year?

  • Scholars Program: Up to 16 sophomores and juniors will be selected to participate in this two-year program. This application is a joint application between BUILD, MARC U*STAR, and RISE. Please check with these programs for availability.
  • Fellows Program: Up to 20 juniors will be selected to participate in this one-year program.