Application Procedures

Multidisciplinary Training Grant in Gerontology

How to Apply for a Postdoctoral Research Traineeship

We would welcome your application to the postdoctoral program. The following highlights the application process for a postdoctoral research traineeship:

Step 1:

Before preparing an application, it might help to contact and discuss your plans with us.

Step 2:

Write a statement of application, indicating your interest and specifying one or two topics that you might be interested in pursuing as research topics. State how you might spend a two or three-year appointment.

Step 3:

Send a copy of your curriculum vitae, official transcript and GRE scores to us.

Step 4:

Write to one of the USC faculty in your area (the person whose research is closest to yours), asking if s/he will nominate you and be willing to serve as your preceptor. Enclose your statement of application and send a copy of your letter to Dr. Eileen Crimmins (

Step 5:

Request that three letters of recommendation be sent to Linda Hall (

Step 6:

Be formally nominated to the Committee of Preceptors by your preceptor.

You may have some additional questions that might help you in writing the formal letter of application to our training program. If so, contact Linda Hall at (213) 740-8242 or email, the project manager of our program.

How to Apply for a Predoctoral Research Traineeship

Predoctoral research traineeships are first contingent on your acceptance for admission by the Graduate School at USC. See the USC Graduate School website for instructions on how to apply. When applying, request that three letters of recommendation be sent to Linda Hall (

In the meantime, please feel free to contact one of the faculty preceptors in your area and discuss with them the possibility of being a predoctoral trainee on the Multidisciplinary Research Training Grant.