Postbac-CaRE2 Program

Program Overview

The Postbac-CaRE2 Program of the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center is a collaboration among Florida A&M University, a minority serving institution (MSI) University of Florida, and University of Southern California. The Postbac-CaRE2 Program aims to meet the cancer research education needs of underrepresented minorities (URM) in Florida and California, especially Blacks and Latinos, by offering a funded year-long post-baccalaureate research internship in a CaRE2 laboratory conducting state-of-the-art cancer health disparities-related research at FAMU, UF or USC. Postbac-CaRE2 trainees will also receive academic and career mentorship, including guidance/support in preparing graduate school applications.

Preferred Qualifications

Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or are in the final semester)

Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Are seriously considering cancer related biomedical research career (M.D., Ph.D. in basic, biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences)

Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from groups identified by NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. This includes individuals from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged backgrounds

How to Apply

Your application and supporting documentation should be submitted on line. Application will reopen in early 2021 for cohort 4.

Supporting Documentation

Please submit these materials

  • A current transcript (official/unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation from research mentors
  • A one- to two- page description of your career goals and the steps you have already take to achieve these goals



The Postbac-CaRE2 stipend is set at approximately $20,000 – $32,000 annually, depending on location (stipend is adapted to cost-of-living). From this stipend, students are responsible for their own housing and meals.

For more information, contact Debra Lyon at, Ite Offringa at or Bereket Mochona at