The Iowa Neuroscience Institute has launched the iDREAM post-baccalaureate program in Neuroscience. The next application period will begin in early 2024.


This program is for students:

  • Who are recent (within two years) graduates from undergraduate institutions between that do not currently offer PhD’s in the biosciences
  • Who want to pursue a PhD in neuroscience
  • Who are looking to get more research experience and help strengthen their grad school applications
  • Who meet the NIH criteria for underrepresented status (check out FAQ for more info)

Benefits of the program:

  • Bootcamp introduction to research
  • Near-peer mentorship from Neuroscience PhD students
  • 2-year paid research experience
  • Access to both undergrad and graduate level courses (tuition paid)

Our list of mentors includes faculty members who have completed the Culturally Aware Mentoring workshop as part of Dr. Angela Byars-Winston's NIH NRMN U01.




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Life in Iowa

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Student Benefits, Funding, and Support

Learn more about the program and what benefits  are available.

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$ 1,200

Travel funds annually

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Salary for program participants

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2 Years

of research and grad school application help

More About - Iowa Neuroscience Institute

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has committed a transformational $45 million grant to the University of Iowa that allowed for the creation of a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary neuroscience center within the Carver College of Medicine. Led by Ted Abel, PhD, the Iowa Neuroscience Institute conducts research to find the causes of — and preventions, treatments, and cures for — the many diseases that affect the brain and nervous system.

Click on the link below to visit the INI Website to learn more.

Iowa Neuroscience Institute Website 


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Neuroscience Graduate Program

Learn more about our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Iowa.


Will Provide:

Near peer mentorship

Coursework - depending on what courses individual students need in order to be competitive for graduate school

Neuroscience Grad Program website
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News and Resources

View News and Resources at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute


Including updated @UIowaNeuro Notes: a monthly newsletter written by INI Director, Ted Abel

INI in the News

Information about the Scientific Editing Core Services

Neuroscience at Iowa (bi-annual newsletter)

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