The MARC program is specifically designed to help students with an interest in pursuing biomedical science research careers in a PhD program. Thus, our criteria are heavily weighted toward identifying these students with the most promising potential for success. Below are the qualifications we consider.


  • Students should be in their Sophomore year when applying. The MARC program is a two-year commitment during your Junior and Senior years of your undergraduate career.
  • Career goals must include a primary desire to apply to a PhD in the biomedical sciences. Student should not have a desire to pursue other professional degrees (MD only, MS, PharmD, etc)
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Students can not work any other off-campus job while a MARC Scholar
  • Students must be full-time status while a MARC scholar
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students should have a demonstrated desire to pursue a research career. This can be evidenced by having completed or being currently enrolled in courses such as “Statistics in Biology (SBR)”, “Exploring Careers in Biology (ECB)”, “Principles and Practices in Biology (PPBR)”, or other research-related courses/experiences.
  • Students should be from a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, as per NIH guidelines.
    • Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander
    • Student with disabilities (physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities)
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (as per the new 2019 NIH guidelines).

Application Materials

  • 1-2 page max letter of intent: Describe why you are a good candidate, why you would be a good fit for the Rutgers Camden MARC program, how the MARC program will help you, and your scientific goals. Our goal is to understand WHY you want to pursue a research career.
    • In the letter, please indicate two potential MARC mentors (at least one of which is at Rutgers–Camden) who you would like to work with (see MARC Mentors page. While you may highlight a faculty mentor you’re interested in for your application, we’ll work with selected fellows to find a perfect match following the application period.
  • CV/resume: Include your accomplishments, awards, jobs, etc.
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation: Letters should be from faculty members you have either been taught, mentored, or advised by.

Application Process

Please submit your application HERE.
Faculty can submit their recommendation letter HERE.
Applications are due in the Spring of 2022 (exact date TBA).
Interview requests will go out the following week.
Decisions on acceptance will be made by the middle of April.
If selected, you will begin your research as a MARC Fellow on June 1, 2022.