Apply to PHIRE Program

Program Overview

Interested in research training in health informatics and data science? 

Are you a current student or transferring to the University of Arizona in Fall 2024?  

The PHIRE training program consists of a paid research experience (full-time in Summer and part-time in Fall) for undergraduate students to conduct mentored research with a faculty mentor in summer, followed by placement within a thematic minor designed to provide a transformative learning experience in health informatics and biomedical research. Research projects will aim to address health disparities and sociotechnical issues in Arizona and the broader Southwest region. Students from Arizona communities that have been historically disadvantaged are particularly encouraged to apply.  


Program Duration and Dates 


Students will receive a salary of up to $6,000 ($15 per hour) over the course of the summer and fall (30 hours per week during summer and 5 hours per week during fall). The program is supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health. 

Application Requirements

Before starting the application, please have the following items and responses ready.  

Please contact for any questions you may have.  

Applications due by February 28, 2024


How many participants will be accepted into this program?

We will accept up to 12 scholars every year. Additional spots may be added depending on availability of resources. 

Are international students eligible to participate in this program?

As a federally-sponsored program, PHIRE primarily supports training and education of U.S citizens. However, we encourage all interested students to apply so that we can evaluate options for them through other undergraduate research programs at the University of Arizona.

Is the PHIRE summer research experience in-person or virtual?

The summer component of the program is designed to be in-person for the most-part. However, after the first two weeks, once you are matched with a faculty mentor and a research group, the mode of participation may be flexible depending on the nature of the research project and expectations from the faculty mentor.