Frequently Asked Questions

When are application materials due?

For Fall 2021 admissions, all materials will need to be submitted by May 15 so that we can give priority consideration.

What year of study do graduate students need to be to participate in this program?

We will be accepting applications from current doctoral students who are in their first, second, or third year of study at Rice.

Can international students apply for the NRT?

Financial support through the paid fellowship requires students to either be a US citizen or US permanent resident. International students may still participate in the training program on an unpaid fellowship basis.

How do I give permission to my department for sharing my graduate school application to the NRT program?

In the application form, please select "yes" to the question that asks whether you give permission to your graduate program to share your graduate school application materials with us. That allows us to directly request your application materials from your graduate program.

Should I request additional recommendation letters beyond the ones included in my graduate school application?

That is entirely up to you. While you can most certainly elect to only have the NRT Admissions Committee review the recommendation letters included in your graduate school application, you may also request to include recommendation letters from current research advisors, Rice faculty members, or other collaborators who can speak to your candidacy to participate in the program.

If I plan to include additional letters of recommendation beyond those appended to my graduate school application, how do my recommenders submit their letters?

Please have your recommenders send their letters of support to

When will the recipients of the bioelectronics traineeship be announced?

The NRT Admissions Committee aims to make final decisions by July 1.