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T32 Training Grant in Vaccinology


Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective approaches in preventive medicine. The National Research Service Award T32 training grant is a unique opportunity designed to prepare MDs, PhDs, or those with equivalent degrees, for careers in vaccinology. Each T32 fellow selects the laboratory research track, clinical track, or combined laboratory and clinical track. The program offers all trainees broad exposure to both laboratory and clinical trial phases of vaccinology.

  • Laboratory track: Trains basic scientists and physician-scientists in laboratory research for vaccine development including molecular biology, immunology, animal and cell culture modeling, and biostatistics.
  • Clinical track: Trains clinicians and epidemiologists in clinical trial study design for large scale field trials, protocol preparation, procurement of administrative, ethical and regulatory clearances, conducting trials, and data analysis.

Program Administration

Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, Program Director-Training Grant
James B. Kaper, PhD, Co-Director of Molecular Biology and Basic Vaccinology
Christopher Plowe, MD, MPH, Co-Director of Clinical Translational Vaccinology and International Research
Karen L. Kotloff, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Trials
Marcelo B. Sztein, MD, Co-Director of Immunology

Individuals interested in fellowship opportunities are encouraged to contact individual faculty.

Trainee Application Process

Eligibility /Qualifications:

  • MD, PhD, MD-PhD, or equivalent degree.
  • Appointments to this training grant are restricted to US citizens, non-citizen national or permanent residents of the United States per NIH guidelines.
  • Two year training commitment.
  • Trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, defined as 40 hours per week to the program and its related research activities.

Vaccinology Trainees will receive:

  • Annual stipend at the NIH-specified level, based on full years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.
  • Tuition limited to that required for specific courses in support of the approved training program.
  • Travel funds for a training experience, such as attendance and presentation of research at a national conference.

How to Apply:

  1. Interested individuals must meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Cover letter specifying areas of interest and career goals.
  3. Current CV.
  4. Submit CV and cover letter to

For More Information:‌

Center for Vaccine Development
University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 W. Baltimore Street, Room 480
Baltimore, MD 21201
+1 (410) 706-5328