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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowships

February 5, 2016
unrestricted in the U.S.
2 or More Years


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study provide up to four years of support for graduate study leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical or related sciences.  Fellows may choose any institution in the U.S. that offers such degrees as their fellowship institution.

For 2013-2014, the total amount awarded to each Gilliam Fellow will be $46,500.  This includes a living stipend of $30,000, an annual allowance of $3,000, and a payment of $13,500 directly to the fellow’s institution in lieu of tuition and fees.  For fellows enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs, the fellowship will support only the costs of the Ph.D. portion of the program.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating senior or must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a Ph.D. program in the biomedical or related sciences.  Applicants may not have completed more than one year in a Ph.D. program by the application date.  All applicants must also have participated in HHMI’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program as undergraduates.  There are no citizenship requirements, but the supported graduate study must be in the U.S.

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a candidate’s promise as a scientific investigator and potential for leadership in the scientific community, as reflected by academic record, relevant educational and personal experiences, previous accomplishments and goals, research experience, proposed research plan, references, and GRE general test score or MCAT score.