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GREP is a post-baccalaureate program for participants with an interest in biomedical research. You will gain research experience that will aid you in deciding on and obtaining opportunities in your chosen career path related to biomedical research. The experience will increase your competitiveness and prepare you for your next career step. These goals are achieved by providing:

  • a mentored research experience in a world-class biomedical research laboratory
  • participation in selected graduate classes and seminars to enhance understanding of and provide exposure to related research and career development tools, including networking opportunities
  • presentation opportunities
  • access to mentoring and guidance with next steps in career development

Program timeframe

This is  a 1-2 year program for full-time candidates.


To be eligible for this program, you must have a:

  • Bachelor's degree with a strong background in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Interest in biomedical research as a career
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Authorization to work and remain in the United States, without necessity for Mayo Clinic sponsorship now, or in the future (for example, be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, refugee, or asylee)
  • Applicants who are currently in graduate or medical school are not eligible

Program success measurements

Within program timeframe, students will have a clear understanding of and enthusiasm for their chosen career path within biomedical research, and will have secured their next position along that path. Post internship (or experience) opportunity positions could be offered if the student and Mayo Clinic are both interested in employment.

Application and selection process

GREP candidates should identify and contact Mayo investigators, stating their interest in the research of the laboratory and inquiring about opportunities (these are based on current availability of space and funding). Most positions are found this way. A list of research faculty in select areas can be found at Mayo Clinic Department websites, as well as on this complete list.

Potential hiring mentors can oftentimes be found among the list of faculty who are actively seeking Ph.D. students. Interested applicants can identify labs of interest and reach out by sending an email, providing an introduction using language such as:

"I am interested in Mayo's Graduate Research Education Program (GREP) for recent college graduates like myself with an interest in gaining experience in biomedical research. GREP offers one to two years of research experience along with eligibility to take graduate courses at Mayo Clinic. I understand that participation in the program involves finding a mentor who is enthusiastic about hiring me for one to two years. I have attached my CV and would be eager to speak with you by phone or email if you are interested in discussing a potential research experience in your lab."

Required application documents

  • Current transcript – unofficial transcripts will be accepted
  • 1-2 sentence statement of research interest
  • Resume and cover letter

Apply online

Interested students must apply for the Graduate Research Education Program (GREP) via the Mayo Clinic job posting website.

  • All students must pass a background check and post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date. Allow at least four business days before the student’s start date to complete the post-offer placement assessment
  • Students who are new to Mayo Clinic or returning students who have not worked at Mayo Clinic for more than 6 months must attend Mayo Clinic Orientation
  • Interested students must complete an on-line application

Questions may be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training (OPART) at