Training Grants - Immunology
This Immunology Training Program (ITP), now in its
31st continuous year of funding, is conducted in a diverse environment
the basic biological sciences and the medical school and clinical
integrated within the same Division in a single campus at the
University of Chicago. The
program is embodied by the Committee on
Immunology (COI), which draws strength from its interdepartmental
allowing trainees to take courses and gain expertise in Biochemistry,
Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Medicine and
Pathology. The rigorous training
includes a comprehensive specialized immunology core curriculum, a
journal club and a Work-in-Progress series, an annual retreat with an
‘guru’ and an Immunology seminar series drawing ~30 world-renowned
immunologists each year. Participation
in major national and international Immunology conferences in addition
workshops held in Chicago
every year, complete this intense formation.
past funding period has been exceptionally successful in terms of
training, scientific productivity and overall visibility.
Faculty of considerable international renown
have joined the program while some of those who have grown with it have
eminent leadership positions at other major research institutions. There is strong institutional support for
this remarkably successful and dynamic program, with major allocation
space and equipment to promote further expansion. With
a large number of outstanding applicants
accompanying the growth of world-renowned faculty, this program
rank among the best programs in the country.
The IMTG supports seven
predoctoral trainees and three postdoctoral trainees. Trainees
are normally sponsored by an IMTG faculty trainer or other University
of Chicago faculty member in the Biological Sciences Division.
These fellowships are open only to US Citizens or Permanent
Residents. All postdoctoral applicants must prepare a packet for
review by the Steering Committee consisting of the following
1. A cover letter from the UC faculty sponsor,
nominating the applicant for
support by the Immunology Training Grant, the date the applicant can
the lab (or if the applicant is already there), the amount of previous
postdoctoral experience the candidate has and a brief description of
project the postdoc will pursue in the lab. Please
note that the sponsor's cover letter does not
count as a letter of
2. An application package submitted to the
faculty sponsor by
the applicant (also required from candidates already in the lab). Please note that it is expected that the
applicant, and not the sponsor, will write the proposal, and that
applicants are urged
to use this proposal package as the basis for additional (external)
letter asking to join the lab, or if already in the lab, asking for
sponsorship for the award;
description consisting of specific aims and a brief description of the
pages); this description can be replaced
by a fellowship application to
external funding agencies
of career goals (0.5-1 page);
of Ph.D. thesis (0.5-1 page consisting of dissertation title and
candidate's curriculum vitae;
of recommendation (in addition to your letter).
3. Copies of papers published, in press or
submitted by the applicant.
4. The faculty sponsor hand-deliver the
original and five
(5) copies of the application packet to the Biomedical Sciences Cluster
postdoctoral candidate should be aware that he/she will be asked to
sign a pay-back agreement with the government (NIH), for the first year
of support only, and that this constitutes a legal document.
The postdoctoral candidate should be aware that the
training grant supports health fees for the candidate only.
Family coverage must be arranged through other
For more information
regarding this training program you may contact Susan Levison by phone,
773-702-2464, or email.