Frequently Asked Questions about YCA

  • When is the deadline to apply? - Deadlines are typically in late Fall. Please check our website for the most up to date program dates: cienciapr.org/yca
  • How long is the program? When does it start and end? - The program will run one year from January to December of the year after your apply. Afterwards, a new cohort of fellows will commence. Ex-fellows will be part an online community of YCA alumni.
  • The registration form seems long. Will it take me a long time to apply? - Your answers can be brief! We mostly want to know who you are and why you want to participate. Attach a brief CV or resume and you are good to go.
  • Do I have to be Puerto Rican to participate? - The program is open to all races and ethnicities but students from groups that are underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply.
  • I'm not in a biology department, can I still apply? - Yes! We are looking for doctoral students who have research interests related to the biological or health sciences. You can be in a chemistry, engineering, or physics department, but if your research interests are geared towards biology or health you are welcome to apply.
  • I am planning to graduate next year, can I still apply? - If you will still be enrolled as a PhD student when the program starts in January, the answer is yes!
  • I am a first year PhD student, can I still apply? - Yes! We have found that classes that are made up of students of diverse training stages provide lively discussions.
  • I'm a US citizen but I'm doing my PhD abroad, can I still apply? - Yes! As long as your institution is accredited by a national agency or organization (most are).
  • I'm in a PsyD, MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or Doctorate/PhD in Public Health program, can I still apply? - Yes! As long as the previous to answers apply to you. 
  • Is this program only open to students in Puerto Rico? - No! We would like to have representation of students from all over and from a variety of institutions.
  • Is this program only for students who aspire to non-academic careers? - No! Students will receive training in skills that are important to careers both within and outside academia. 
  • I am in a T32/RISE/IGERT/etc program, can I still apply? - Yes! This program will not conflict with any of those programs; it is meant to complement them.
  • What are the costs to participate? Will I get a stipend? - The program is free of costs for participants. We do not provide stipends.
  • Will this program interfere with my graduate training? - Just the opposite! The program is designed to enhance your graduate training. There will only be 1 or 2 activities per month, mostly in the evenings. 
  • Are all activities online? - Most them will be. We have technology that makes video conversations incredibly interactive. In addition, we will have a yearly face-to-face meeting at the AAAS conference in February.
  • Have any more questions? Email us at yca@cienciapr.org