How to Apply

Request for Applications

-- CLOSED --

The 2022 VPCAT Scholar Cohort application cycle is now closed.

We anticipate releasing information on the 2023 VPCAT Cohort application cycle in Summer 2022. Estimated timeline for 2023 cycle is as follows:  



Friday, June 3, 2022

2023 VPCAT Cohort Application released via the University of Utah Competition Space.

Friday, September 2, 2022

VPCAT Application Workshop allows interested, eligible applicants to learn more about the process

Friday, September 30, 2022

2023 VPCAT Cohort Applications are due by 5:00 pm MST. Late applications are not accepted.

October-November 4, 2022

Program performs merit review and prepares notifications. Notifications will be sent to applicants no later than November 4, 2022.

Monday, December 5 thru Tuesday, December 6, 2022


All accepted applicants are required to attend the 1 ½-day VPCAT Orientation.

Mandatory Scholar Requirements

Applicants considering submitting an application in response to the 2023 VPCAT Scholar Cohort RFA must be able to commit to the mandatory program events and curricular sessions below. 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 staff to take place no later than the end of March 2023.
  • VPCAT Curricular Sessions: Curricular sessions are held from 12:30 to 4:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (except July and December). Lunch is provided for in-person sessions. A minimum of 80% attendance is required per year.

RFA Instructions

The 2023 application documents will be released in Summer 2022. Questions on the application process, instructions, or mandatory requirements should be directed to the VPCAT Program Research Manager, Erin Wachs, either via email or phone (801-587-8559), or see the VPCAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

2022 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
  • Application Review Criteria 
Examples of Accepted VPCAT Applications & Summary Statements
  • New example applications will be posted in Summer 2022
Associated VPCAT Program Documents