The Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP) seeks applicants for one to two year post-baccalaureate research experiences. Students participate in educational activities and conduct research in a mentored environment.

GREP is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree and plan to attend graduate school or medical school. Eligible candidates must have received their bachelor's degree before the position starts. GREP students are eligible to take graduate-level courses through the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The position is ideal for students interested in a "gap year" between their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Appointees must have completed a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, or math before the position start date, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and must be pursuing medical or graduate school admission. Appointees must have authorization to work and remain in the United States, without necessity for Mayo Clinic sponsorship now, or in the future (for an example, U.S. citizens, national or permanent residents, refugees, or asylees). Students that do not meet these criteria do not qualify. All students must pass a background check and post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date.

Successful applicants will be:

  • Committed to pursuing a career in which they will engage topics in biomedical research
  • Able to work independently
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication
  • Competent in identifying relevant peer-reviewed publications on specialized research topics
  • Highly motivated to learn new researchmethods

Appointment proccess

  1. Apply online. Interested students must apply for the GREP via the Mayo Clinic job posting website. Job posting numbers by site are:
    • Scottsdale, Arizona – 109513BR
    • Jacksonville, Florida – 109521BR
    • Rochester, Minnesota – 109383BR
  2. Identify a sponsor, employer, or mentor. Potential GREP appointees are encouraged to actively seek mentorship through identification of a Mayo Clinic physician or scientist to work with. 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 email, providing an introduction using language such as:

    "I am interested in Mayo's Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP) for recent college graduates like myself, who are heading eventually to graduate training. 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 been told that Mayo research administrators have full information about GREP, with annual costs to the mentor of about $40,000.

    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."

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

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