2024 CoB-KIBM Scholars Program

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Colors of the Brain, in collaboration with The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, invites applicants for their 2024 summer undergraduate research program (CoB-KIBM Scholars). Our goals are to motivate, mentor and facilitate the transition of undergraduate students at UC San Diego that come from disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, into Ph.D. programs with significant relevance to neuroscience. The CoB-KIBM Scholars Program consists of a paid ($7,000 stipend to cover housing expenses and other needs, in-campus housing is not provided), full-time research position across 10 weeks within a UC San Diego or Salk laboratory, along with mentorship and support for navigating academic research for the remainder of their undergraduate education. We highly encourage students with little or no research experience to apply.

Eligibility and Program Benefits

This program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled at UC San Diego. The full list of eligibility requirements and program benefits can be found on the CoB website: https://colorsofthebrain.com/cob-kibm.

Important Dates

Application Opens: January 22, 2024
Application Submission Deadline: April 01, 2024, 5pm PDT
Finalist Interviews: April 5, 2024 - April 11, 2024
Notification of Awards: April 19, 2024
Program Dates: June 24, 2024 - August 30, 2024

Online Application Form via InfoReady

The online submission portal for the 2024-25 CoB-KIBM Scholars Program is now closed.


We will select 10-15 students for in-person or virtual interviews. These interviews will serve as an opportunity for the Colors of the Brain graduate mentors to gain insight into applicants’ interests and commitment to a research career. 

Notification of Awards

On April 19, 2024, we will notify a total of 6 selected applicants chosen to be part of the 2024 CoB-KIBM Program. Selected applicants will have 2 weeks to accept the offer.


Please contact colorsofthebrain@gmail.com with any programmatic questions or kibm@ucsd.edu for any questions regarding InfoReady.