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Pittsburgh Craniofacial Sciences Training Program

About the PCSTP

Pittsburgh Craniofacial Sciences Training Program (PCSTP) was established in 2022 with a goal to train and mentor a new generation of leading scientists in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial sciences. The program is designed to support predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The PCSTP provides a highly collaborative, vibrant multidisciplinary environment, where trainees from different backgrounds, i.e. Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Bioengineering, immunology and Human Genetics, work side by side to  develop therapies The PCSTP is administered and managed by the department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (OCS) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine  (Pitt Dental Med), with faculty mentors from OCS and other Pitt Dental or University departments. The PCSTP provides courses, research experiences, seminar series, journal clubs, an annual symposium, and an annual retreat. Our trainees have full access to all University resources, such as training in artificial intelligence, the responsible conduct of research, grant writing and many other opportunities. Our trainees benefit from a wealth of seminars, conferences, intramural funding opportunities, and specialized training and experiences available through hundreds of laboratories and clinics across the six schools of the health sciences, Swanson School of Engineering and the Pitt Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. 

Application Process 

Applications must be submitted before the end of March of each year to be considered for a September 1 start date.  

Eligibility for Predoc positions

  • Applicants must be working towards a PhD or dual DDS/PhD 

  • Applicants may not have a prior doctoral degree (DDS/DMD, MD, PhD). 

  • The applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the US. 

  • Student trainees are required to participate in the core training requirements while actively funded through grant number T90-DE030853, and plan to submit an individual NRSA application (F- or K‐award) to NIH. 


Eligibility for Postdoc positions 

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree (DDS/DMD, MD, PhD) 

  • Non-US-citizen/non-permanent resident applicants with a DDS/DMD may be foreign trained (for grant number R90-DE030853), and either seeking a PhD or postdoctoral research experience 

  • US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for postdoctoral positions through the T90-DE030853 grant. 

  • All trainees are required to participate in the core training requirements during the months funded through the T90/R90, and are required to submit an individual NRSA application (For K‐award) to NIH. 




The Grant covers NRSA allowable tuition, Stipend, Health and Dental Benefits, and travel to support trainee research.  

Application Procedure

Please submit the application packet to Deb Haralam