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Request for Applications (RFA)

2024-2025 VPCAT Scholar Cohort

Closed- VPCAT Scholar Cohort

The 2024-2025 VPCAT Scholar Cohort application cycle is now closed. 
We anticipate information on the 2025-2026 VPCAT Cohort application cycle in Summer 2024. Estimated timeline for 2025- 2026 application cycle is as follows:
Application Timeline
Dates Description

Thursday, August 29, 2024

4:00-5:00 pm Virtually

VPCAT Application Workshop: Interested, eligible applicants to learn more about the process. 

Friday, September 27, 2024 2025-2026 VPCAT Cohort Applications are due by 5:00 pm MST. Late applications are not accepted.
October-November 1, 2024 The program performs merit review and prepares notifications, which will be sent no later than November 1, 2024.

Monday, December 9 thru Tuesday, December 10, 2024


All accepted applicants are required to attend the in-person 1 1/2 day VPCAT Orientation and Capstone. We will host the VPCAT Soiree the evening of Monday, December 9, 2024 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Attendance is highly encouraged. 

Mandatory Scholar Requirements

Applicants considering submitting an application in response to the 2025-2026 VPCAT Scholar Cohort RFA must be able to commit to the mandatory program events and curricular sessions below. Therefore, we highly advise applicants to block their calendars and work to transition schedules to accommodate these requirements as early as possible. 

  • Initial VPCAT Mentor Meeting: A 1-hour meeting with the scholar, their scientific mentor, assigned VPCAT mentor, and VPCAT personnel to occur no later than the end of March 2025.
  • VPCAT Curricular Sessions: Curricular sessions are held virtually from 12:30 to 4:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (except July and December). A minimum of 80% attendance is required per year.

Request for Application (RFA) Instructions

The 2025-2026 application documents will be released in Summer 2024. Questions on the application process, instructions, or mandatory requirements should be directed to the VPCAT Research Manager, Erin Wachs, either via email or phone (801-587-8559), or see the VPCAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

2024-2025 VPCAT Scholar Cohort RFA Documents

  • Applicant Eligibility Criteria and Program Requirements
  • Scientific Mentor(s) Requirements and Expectations
  • Request for Application (RFA) - Instructions 
  • VPCAT Senior Mentor Selection Form
    • VPCAT Senior Mentor Bios
  • Application Review Criteria 

Examples of VPCAT Applications & Summary Statements

  • New example applications will be posted in Summer 2024

Associated VPCAT Program Documents

VPCAT Research Manager

Erin Wachs