Training Grant

University of Washington FHCRC

Developmental Biology Training Grant (DBTG) Program

The DBTG is an inter-institutional and interdepartmental pre-doctoral training program that provides graduate students with formal coursework and research training in Developmental Biology.  Students who are U.S. citizens, enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Washington and pursuing research topics in developmental biology are eligible to apply for traineeships in the spring quarter of each year.  Trainees will receive a degree from whichever academic program they are enrolled. They receive up to three years of DBTG support and they participate in graduate seminars and journal clubs that focus on topics in development, and in quarterly meetings where faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows discuss current research interests in developmental biology. The DBTG complements departmental training by fostering interactions with the network of developmental biologists from the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. All graduate students in developmental biology at the University, whether they are financially supported as trainees by the program, are encouraged to consider themselves part of the program and to avail themselves to its activities and facilities.


Funds are available from a National Institutes of Health Training Grant for stipend support of graduate students.  There are 11 trainees currently supported by the DBTG.  The predoctoral awards provide tuition and stipends in accordance with NIH schedules. Awards for financial support under this program are made on a competitive basis; criteria include academic interests of the student, quality of the research proposal, academic record, and a letter of recommendation by his or her academic sponsor. Students working on a problem in any aspect of developmental biology may apply to the program. This application usually is submitted around April 1 for acceptance and activation the following July.

The program consists of: formal graduate course work in developmental biology and supporting areas; training in teaching, scientific integrity, presentation skills and analysis of data; and dissertation research in a field of developmental biology.  The faculty mentors associated with the DBTG are from seven different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and two research divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  The program benefits from a remarkably interactive community of developmental biologists in the Seattle Developmental Biology Group.

DBTG Director:  Dr. David Raible (
DBTG Graduate Coordinator:  Ms. Judy Farrow, Dept. of Biology (

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