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CLOSED - VPCAT Scholar Cohort

The 2021 VPCAT Scholar Cohort application cycle is now closed.

We anticipate releasing information on the 2022 VPCAT Cohort application cycle in Summer 2021. Estimated timeline for 2022 cycle is as follows: 



Monday, August 23, 2021

2022 VPCAT Cohort Application released via the University of Utah Competition Space.

Friday, September 3, 2021

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

Friday, September 24, 2021

2022 VPCAT Cohort Applications are due by 5:00 pm MST. Late applications are not accepted.

October-November 6, 2021

Program performs merit review and prepares notifications. Notifications will be sent to applicants no later than November 6, 2021.

Monday, December 6-7, 2021


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 2022 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 2022.
  • 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 at each session. A minimum of 80% attendance is required per year.

RFA Instructions

The 2022 application documents will be released in Summer 2021. Questions on the application process, instructions, or mandatory requirements should be directed to Erin Wachs, either via email or phone (801-585-8559), 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 
  • VPCAT Workshop Presentation
Examples of Funded VPCAT Applications & Summary Statements
  • New examples applications will be posted in Summer 2021
Associated VPCAT Program Documents