BLaST

BLaST Scholarship Application

 BLaST Scholars-Orientation 2017

Pictured above: BLaST Scholars at Fall Orientation August 24, 2017, UAF Campus - Fairbanks, AK

Applications for 2018-2019 BLaST Scholarships (new and renewal) will be open!

Applications open: Dec. 11, 2017

Applications due: Feb. 11, 2018

Awardees notified: April 8, 2018 (date is approximate)


 Frequently Asked Questions about the BLaST Scholarship


I. BACKGROUND

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites applications for BLaST Scholarships. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska. Approximately 30 scholarships will be funded through this solicitation.

BLaST is funded by the NIH and the NIH encourages institutions to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as: 1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis [Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders]; 2) individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as (a) individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds periodically published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml and (b) individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. For a complete description of the NIH’s Interest in Diversity see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html

 II. ELIGIBILITY

Current and prospective UAF undergraduate students, from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are invited to apply. To be eligible for a BLaST Scholarship, students must:

  • have an interest in biomedical or One Health research;
  • be considering a career in healthcare, biomedicine, or research in life or social sciences;
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  • enroll for 12 or more credits at UAF each semester of the 2017-2018 academic year
  • be a US citizen, US non-citizen national or permanent resident.

 III. AWARD AMOUNT

The BLaST Scholarships cover tuition + fees for fall and spring semesters (and summer session if the awardee is eligible and choses to enroll in summer) and receive a monthly stipend. Freshmen/sophomores will receive $734 a month, and juniors/seniors will receive $1,028 a month.

IV. APPLICATION FORMAT AND SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

New Applications:

Download the PDF version of the New BLaST Scholarship Application and prepare your essay answers prior to submitting the online New BLaST Scholarship Application.

Renewal Applications (for current BLaST Scholars only):

Download the PDF version of the Returning BLaST Scholarship Application and prepare your essay answers prior to submitting the online Returning BLaST Scholarship Application.  

All applications (new and renewal) are due by 11:59pm on February 11, 2018.

V. REVIEW PROCEDURES

An ad hoc BLaST Committee will review the applications. Applications will be evaluated based on: 1) statement of interest in biomedicine or healthcare; 2) statement of interest in research; 3) description of diversity perspective; 4) the applicant’s GPA; and 5) written quality of the application.

 VI. AWARD CONDITIONS

Awardees are expected to be active members of the BLaST learning community and must maintain eligibility requirements throughout the funding period.

Awardees must cooperate with BLaST staff to facilitate compliance with all the participant reporting and evaluation requirements of the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity grants.