Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship, USA

Publish Date: May 05, 2015

Deadline: Jul 15, 2015

This program allows exceptional students from the United States and abroad to spend time at Janelia working on all or part of their thesis research.

The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship is a fully-funded, collaborative PhD program for independent, committed graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or abroad. Required course work at the student’s home university must be completed before joining Janelia. Degrees are granted by the home university.

Graduate students conduct research in the following fields:

  • basic neuroscience
  • imaging technology
  • evolutionary biology
  • computational biology
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • related fields of research

Students will conduct research at Janelia for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 3 years and will work with at least one research mentor at Janelia. 

Janelia’s laboratories are intentionally small, giving graduate students individualized attention from a variety of senior scientists. Each visiting student will be paired with a research mentor who will provide scientific and career guidance.

Application Details

2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Applications

We are currently accepting applications. Please use our web based application system to apply. The deadline is July 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. eastern time.

Application Materials

All candidates submit the following materials:

  • Applicant contact information
  • Educational history including name of all colleges and universities attended, dates of attendance, and degree obtained
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • List of relevant honors, awards, and professional activities
  • Current funding sources
  • Research experiences, including dates, project summary, names of scientific/research advisors, and the applicant’s role in the project
  • List of publications, oral presentations and posters, if applicable
  • A personal statement describing career goals, how a fellowship at Janelia will further those goals, any educational or personal experiences relevant to those goals, as well as any significant (scientific or other) accomplishments
  • Research proposal (with literature cited).  This should be an example of a project the applicant might undertake at Janelia, but not necessarily a commitment to a dissertation project
  • Three letters of reference (uploaded directly via Janelia’s web-based application system).  Recommendation letters should be solicited from those who can best assess the applicant’s potential as a scientist.   Please note that one of the letters should be from the applicant’s current mentor.

Financial Support and Benefits

Students will be full-time HHMI/Janelia employees with a generous stipend and excellent health benefits during the fellowship period.

Benefits include:

  • Stipend of $33,000 per year
  • Health insurance, plus other benefits
  • $5,000 subsidy toward on-campus housing
  • Payment of all programmatic travel costs
  • Travel to scientific conferences and courses

Janelia will pay an institutional allowance of $10,000/year to the student's home institution during the time the student is working at Janelia. The terms of the allowance will be covered through an institutional agreement with the student’s home institution.

The fellowship will also provide funds for students to travel to scientific conferences and their home institutions for required examinations and meetings.

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