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Supplemental Training for Education Program

Deadline: May 1


The SOT recognizes that diverse training experiences facilitate successful entry of graduate students into the modern toxicology workforce. The Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) will enable graduate students to obtain additional training related to toxicology that will enhance career opportunities by addressing an identified skill gap of the student. Administered by the Graduate Education Subcommittee, STEP awards are made to outstanding doctoral candidates who have identified supplementary areas of professional/scientific development that will advance their career goals in toxicology. Applicants will identify professional development workshops or events that would help with this unmet need (see SOT website for suggestions and previously funded experiences). This supplemental training must be outside the available resources of the applicant’s graduate training and research program and should not be requested to refine a dissertation project-related technique or to attend a professional society or scientific conference in their field of study.

Three awards of up to $1000 per recipient may be given at each deadline. Awardees will be selected based on academic achievement, relevance of the proposed professional activity to career goals in the field of toxicology, quality of proposed experience, and recommendation by graduate mentor.

Awardees are required to provide brief follow-up communications on the funded experience, which will highlight their receipt of the award and benefits of the experience to their graduate education.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must
1. Be enrolled in a PhD program program in toxicology or related field at the time of application and have
a) completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters in the program and
b) successfully passed the comprehensive examination (or equivalent).
2. Be an SOT student member at the time of application and an SOT student or postdoctoral member at the time of the experience (note that members may retain student member status for twelve months after completing their PhD).
3. Designate an activity that begins no sooner than a month following the application deadline.
4. Complete the experience no later than a year after the deadline for which the application was submitted.

Application Requirements

1. Applicant should submit the completed form by email to SOT and cc the PhD advisor.
a. Include evidence of commitment of institutional, personal, or other funds to cover costs of attendance in excess of $1000. If the experience is expected to occur after completion of the PhD, address whether the funds to cover excess costs would still be available.
2. The applicant’s PhD advisor must send a supporting letter directly to SOT indicating approval of the applicant’s participation in the defined professional development activity and describing the relevance and value to the applicant’s career goals. This letter must also indicate the date the applicant passed the comprehensive exam and anticipated graduation date. Further, if applicable, the letter should confirm the availability of funds (e.g., institutional commitment) proposed to cover costs in excess of $1000.
3. A letter of support from the host/organizer of the supplemental training experience describing the availability and details of the training. This letter is not needed if the experience is organized by an established organization for which specific detailed information is available online describing the experience (i.e., a formal course/program that has open admission/enrollment or an experience that has a dedicated webpage describing the training experience).
4.The applicant will provide feedback on the value of the experience to the Graduate Subcommittee.
Complete and return the application form to Betty Eidemiller (

Award Group: SOT

Application Materials:


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