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Frequently Asked Questions

Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals

Applications will be made available online. Please visit our the program’s webpage
Applications will be available online in September. When applications are closed, you may register to be notified when they become available. Please visit the program’s webpage
Please visit the program’s webpage to see the requirements. If you still have questions regarding any of the requirements, please email us at: brtp@qatar-med.cornell.edu. You may also attend one of our information sessions normally offered in October.
Participants are required to work a minimum of 8 hours, including a 1 hour break. Official working hours are 7.30am to 3.30pm. However, hours may differ (start earlier, start later) depending on the intern’s Primary Investigator (PI)/mentor.
Yes. However, as it is a full time employment commitment for 6 months, it is necessary your employer approve a leave of absence before we proceed with the training offer. If you are accepted into the training program, we will provide you with a letter of support and we require a letter of approval form your current employer.
Yes. We accept, and welcome, students from various fields. Past students have studied Biomedical Science, Physiology, Engineering, Nutrition, Statistics, Communication, Islamic Studies, etc. However, we consider it essential for applicants to have an interest in learning about conducting and/or managing Biomedical Research.
Unfortunately, the program is offered from January to July. However, you may look into volunteering at our research labs. If you are interested in research done by any of our faculty, you can contact them directly for opportunities during your desired dates. Please view a full list of the active labs at WCM-Q
Our program provides hands-on training to master practical work skills needed for university graduates entering the job market. Many techniques learned throughout the internship in fact take months to master, even with a college degree.
The nature of projects differs from one lab to another. Interns do not always complete a project from start to finish. An intern could start a new project, which they are unable to complete during the course of their internship. Many interns remain with us after the training course ends, as a volunteer, in order to finish a project.
If accepted, we will ask you what your interests are (Basic Research, Clinical Core, Research Administration, etc.) We will take your interests into consideration and contact PIs/mentors to try to get you in that field. Unfortunately, labs are sometimes unavailable so we cannot make any guarantees. However, we will try to find the most suitable place for you.
While most of your time (approximately 70%) will be hands-on, we also incorporate various courses into the program. You will take classes in Writing and Communication for Research Scientists, as well as basic training modules in Grants Management, Lab Management, Research Integrity, etc. We believe this is the best way to get interns familiar with how all of research works, not just their specific field. You will also be required to complete all assignments for each class and training module in order to graduate.
The nature of projects differs from one lab to another. PIs lead research projects, and assign projects (to students, staff, postdocs and trainees). It is not possible for the PI to supervise a trainee’s project in addition to their own projects. For those who wish to pursue the path of becoming a PI, this internship can prove invaluable as it gives an idea of what the job entails, including managing a lab and a research project.