SPARK Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for SPARK

Students must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to apply. International students with F-type visas are not eligible for the stipend. We recommend they pursue other volunteer opportunities at Moffitt.

Students do not have to be a specific major to apply, but most of the successful applicants come from majors in the sciences and mathematics.

We accept students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs. College graduates, with a bachelor’s degree or above, are not eligible.

There is no minimum GPA to apply, however, our program is extremely competitive. Most have a minimum of a "B" average, but it is not required to apply.

The SPARK program does not arrange or fund housing for the selected participants. For this reason, most of our successful applicants are local. We hope to change this in the future but are currently limited by funding. You do not have to indicate the local address at the time of the application if you are still in the process of arranging it, but it must be provided in the case of acceptance.  

The selection of candidates will be based on aptitude and interest in research demonstrated through relevant experience, written essay, letters of recommendation, and academic performance.

Due to the volume of applications, it is not possible to provide feedback to those individuals who are not selected. Admission decisions are not discussed with parents.

Timeline for the 2023 cycle:
Application opens: Jan. 3, 2023
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2023
Applicants are notified of the decision by April 2023

Moffitt Cancer Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. We seek candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.