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Life and Health Sciences

Howard Hughes Medical Institute:

HHMI's grants and fellowships, administered by the Science Education department, provide funding for pre-K–12 and undergraduate science education, graduate science education, and medical student research training.
Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences

The Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences promoted excellence in biomedical research by helping prospective researchers with exceptional promise obtain a high-quality graduate education. The program began in 1988 and provided five years of financial support for over 1,200 students pursuing a PhD. The alumni of this program have followed a variety of paths to their success: academia, industry, science writing and science policy, and other parts of the nonprofit sector. Several HHMI investigators and Janelia group leaders are former fellows of this program.

(NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA):

Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program (e.g. DDS/PhD, AuD/PhD, DVM/PhD), and who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists.

Individual National Research Service Award
The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

The purpose of the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful research postdoctoral appointments.

Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs:

The purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs is to assist efforts to diversify the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented doctoral students in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation. A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia.
There are two established scholarship programs: the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP). Please see the individual web pages for further information on each.
The Foundation's scholarship programs are managed by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME).

Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program (SMART):

This scholarship program provides students with a stipend allowance, full tuition, book allowance, room and board and other normal educational expenses. The purpose of the program is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering studies. The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is open only to citizens of the United States, and students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. There is an employment obligation to the DoD with this scholarship program.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program:

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.
The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 475 college students (400 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories.

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG):

The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program This program is intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science and/or engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures. The stipends begin at $30,500 for first year fellows, $31,000 for second year fellows, and $31,500 for third year fellows. Full tuition and fees and a health insurance allowance are included as part of the program.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP):

The NSF GRFP aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the U.S. and to reinforce its diversity. This fellowship offers a stipend of $30,000 a year for three years and a $10,500 cost of education allowance for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens are eligible to apply.

For additional program information, go to: For application and deadline information, go to:

MAES (Latinos in Science and Engineering) Scholarship Program:

A college education is critical to your personal and professional success. Since the organization’s founding, MAES has supported its students in their pursuit of college degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need. All scholarships are announced at the forthcoming Symposium; top scholarships require attendance for selection. The dream of college education can come true.

Deadline: Typically in April

Hertz Fellowship:

Contact: Hertz Foundation, 2300 First St. Suite 250, Livermore, CA 94550, (925) 373-1642,,

Eligibility: Must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in times of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. Fields of interest include: Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Geo Sciences, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering Award:
• Option 1 Hertz: 5-year $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend, Full tuition equivalent, Renewable for up to 5 years
• Option 2: 5 year Coordinated- Hertz Period - Two Years, $38,000/ 9-month personal stipend, Full tuition equivalent

Deadline: Typically in February

McKnight Foundation Scholar Awards:

The McKnight Scholar Awards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory.
The Scholar Awards have been given annually since 1977. They were The McKnight Foundation's earliest means of supporting neuroscience research. In 1999, in revising the awards program, the Endowment Fund board continued the Scholar Awards but with the new goal of addressing problems with imminent clinical implications.
The awards support young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree, who have completed formal postdoctoral training, and who demonstrate a commitment to neuroscience. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues.
McKnight Scholars have generated some key findings about neuroscience, including:

  • The discovery of receptors that encode the senses of smell, taste, and thermal pain.
  • The first crystal structure of one of the ion channels that control the excitability of neurons.
  • The discovery of neurotrophic factors that promote neuronal survival.
  • The identification of molecules that promote axon growth and regeneration in the nervous system.
  • The discovery of proteins in the nerve terminal that mediate the release of neurotransmitters.
  • The identification of genes that control short- and long-term memory.
  • Each year, up to six scholars are selected to receive three years' support. Currently, awards are $75,000 per year. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar's research program, but not for indirect costs.

Deadline: Typically in January

Life Sciences Research Foundation:

Since 1983, the Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) has funded nearly 500 outstanding postdoctoral fellows in all areas of the life sciences, and raised more than $50 million from generous industries, foundations and individuals to support this effort.
LSRF does not require a budget. The award is $60,000/year for three years ($180,000 total). $50,000/year is for the fellow's stipend/salary and the remaining $10,000/year is a research allowance for the fellow. The research allowance is to be used for laboratory research supplies, scientific meeting registration and travel expenses (including the LSRF Annual Meeting), small equipment (including computer workstations, a laptop, printer) and up to $2,000/year may be applied toward the fellow's out-of-pocket health care costs. Acceptance of the LSRF Fellowship Award requires the host institution to commit funds to cover the awardee's health benefit costs. Funds are paid quarterly to the fellow's host institution and the fellow is paid by the host institution, not LSRF. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged to the fellowship.

Deadline: Typically in October

Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) Summer Fellowship:

Each summer, CNUP hosts undergraduates for a 10-week program to conduct independent research with a University of Pittsburgh neuroscience faculty of their choice. The research will be conducted in a laboratory setting and students will gain technical knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, brain imaging, computer simulations, neuropsychology, and behavioral assessments.

Deadline: Typically in January

Whitaker International Fellows Program:

Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.
Fellows go abroad for one academic year (9-12 months) to conduct academic or scientific research at a university or laboratory, pursue course work, or intern at a public, industrial, or nonprofit institute.

Deadline: Typically in January

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program:

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey.
(There are a variety of Fellowships offered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation)

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program:

Approximately 120 students at higher-education institutions around the US come to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to work with scientists in biomedical research.

Deadline: Typically in February