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About NSAP

NSAP or Neuromotor Skill Advancement for Post-baccalaureates is a 10-week summer program at the University of Houston IUCRC BRAIN Center to provide didactic and hands-on activities focusing on the development of highly specialized technical skills to study the brain with the intention to complement and enhance the training of therapists, clinical and research fellows, and orthotists and prosthetists from a diverse community for neurorehabilitation and neuroengineering research.

Each trainee in the science, bioengineering, neuroscience, or medical fields at the post baccalaureate level will participate in 8 workshops, responsible conduct of training, and attend research seminars, and immersive collaborative and personalized research experiences.

Important dates

  • Application deadline (including letters of reference): March 11, 2024
  • Program dates: May 20, 2024 to July 26, 2024


  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants not meeting the academic requirements nonetheless may be considered, in exceptional cases, on the basis of faculty recommendations and program goals.
  • Strong passion for neurorehabilitation and neuroengineering research.
  • May be active therapists, clinical and research fellows, orthotists and prosthetists.
  • Women and minority applicants are encouraged to participate.
  • Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate.
  • Have health insurance

Program benefits

  • Develop and advance neuromotor skills through hands-on experience during technical workshops, research seminars, and immersive laboratory training
  • Develop and advance cross-cutting skills through responsible conduct of research training, DEI training, human subjects training, unconscious bias training
  • Career and Professional development
  • Collaboration with internationally renowned experts, not only during the program but also on future research study design, research grants.
  • Access to technical documentation to operate a highly specialized piece of equipment Stipend for the full-time 10-week summer NSAP program
  • Travel support for off-campus and out-of-state student transportation to UH.
  • Housing for NSAP trainees
  • Diversity-engaging social activities 


$6,000 will be provided for each NIH NSAP trainee for the full-time ten-week summer NSAP program.

Travel support

Travel support for off-campus and out-of-state student transportation to UH.

Conference travel

Three NSAP trainees will be selected to receive $1,500 for travel expenses to attend a regional or national conference to present their NSAP research during the following calendar year. The money will be used to pay for airfare and other transportation costs, per diem, lodging, registration (if applicable) and various incidental costs incurred.