Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Are Research Associate/Research Scientists Eligible?
    No
  2. How do you become a co-mentor?
    Each CIRM Scholar will carry out his or her research under the direction of a mentor working on stem cell biology or related research and will spend the vast majority of time in the mentors laboratory. In addition, each CIRM Scholar will pick a co-mentor, a physician or physician-scientist with research and/or clinical interests that complement those of the mentor, to expose the CIRM Scholar to approaches in both basic science and translational disciplines. For example, a trainee working with a mentor focused on neural stem cells may have a co-mentor who works in translational research relating to neurology or neurosurgery. Each CIRM Scholar will attend the group meetings of the mentor and the co-mentor. If you need help in determining your co-mentor, the director can help facilitate your needs.
  3. What are the course requirements?
    See Training and Course Requirements
  4. How are participants paid and where is the funding coming from?
    The funding comes from the CIRM (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine). The particulars are as follows:

    Pre-doctoral candidates:
    Stipend *
    Tuition and Fees (health insurance) – 100% of the first $3,000 incurred for Tuition & Fees and 60% of expenses in this category incurred thereafter up to a maximum of $16,000
    Research Allowance
    Must be enrolled in a Stanford doctoral program

    Postdoctoral candidates:
    Stipend *
    Health insurance (100% of basic for the trainee and a portion of family if not otherwise covered by the grantee institution)
    Note this does not cover your out of pocket expense for dependents.
    Research Allowance
    Must have a Stanford-affiliated mentor

    Clinical Research Fellow candidates:
    Must have a Stanford postdoctoral research fellow appointment approved to start October 1st
    Stipend*
    Health insurance (100% of basic for the trainee and a portion of family if not otherwise covered by the grantee institution).
    Note this does not cover your out of pocket expense for dependents.
    Research Allowance
    Must have a Stanford-affiliated mentor and an affiliation with the mentor's lab


    *Note: Stipend levels will be commensurate with the individual's experience and the level of training.
  5. If I am an international MD currently working as a post-doc, am I eligibile?
    Yes, as long as you have an affiliation through a department.
  6. What is the term of the grant?
    Training will commence at the start of the Grant Year (October 1) and will be limited to 12 months, but should not be less than 12 consecutive months. An awarded trainee position cannot be shared among multiple individuals (NO exceptions!). CIRM expects trainees to devote full time to training activities, which, in addition to their research, may include relevant course work, workshops, and scientific conferences. Clinical trainees are expected to confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of their training experience. Any appointment less than 12 consecutive months requires prior written justification and approval from CIRM.
  7. Are the monies deferrable to a later date?
    No
  8. Can you use the monies from this grant in conjunction with another grant?
    No
  9. Are faculty or prospective faculty eligible to apply?
    No

 

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