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HHMI International Student Research Fellowships in USA

HHMI International Student Research Fellowships in USA

Applications are invited for HHMI international student research fellowships to support outstanding international graduate students who have the potential to be research pioneers and scientific innovators.

The fellowships will support the research training of international predoctoral students, who are ineligible for fellowship or training grant support through federal agencies, in the biomedical and other disciplines in which the student’s project is directly related to the life sciences. The fellowships will be offered for three years.

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Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.
Course Level: Fellowships will support the research training of predoctoral students at one of the designated institutions.
Scholarship Provider: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Scholarship can be taken at the USA


HHMI will award three-year fellowships to students while they are engaged in their doctoral dissertation research.

U.S. institutions designated by HHMI will nominate students

  • who -have demonstrated exceptional talent and innovation in research,
  • are currently in the second (or third) year of graduate study at a designated U.S. institution,
  • have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research, and
  • are not U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States should govern the participation of the fellow in such activities.
  • Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students (not US citizens) are eligible for these fellowships.
  • Eligible fields of study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.

Scholarship Description:

The HHMI International Student Research Fellowships are designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international predoctoral students in the biomedical and related sciences, including physical and mathematical sciences.

This fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. Participation is by invitation only.

Nominated students must be in their second or third year of study to apply for the fellowship. To activate the fellowship, students must be in the third or fourth year of a PhD program at one of the designated institutions.

Students in the first, second, or fifth year of their PhD programs cannot activate the fellowship. In no case will support be provided past year five of a PhD program. Students invited to participate in this program are eligible for a fellowship to support years three, four, and five of a PhD program.

What does it cover?

  • HHMI will provide each International Student Research Fellow with an annual stipend of $30,000, which will be administered and distributed by the host institution.
  • The stipend may be supplemented by the host institution in accordance with its usual policies for comparable graduate students. However, fellows are not generally allowed to be employed, engage in consulting activities for pay, or receive funds from another external fellowship, scholarship, or similar award.
  • In addition, HHMI will provide an annual fellow’s allowance of $3,000, which may be used for health insurance, health care expenses, books and supplies, journal subscriptions, computer-related expenses, travel to scientific meetings, professional fees or dues, tuition for special courses, and other purposes relevant to a fellow’s study.
  • The fellow’s allowance may not be used by the institution to pay for any institutional fees or research costs.
  • HHMI will also provide an annual institutional allowance of $10,000 in lieu of all tuition and fees.
  • Fellowship institutions must agree that fellows are exempt from paying tuition and fees normally charged to graduate students of similar academic standing, even if tuition and fees exceed the amount provided by HHMI.
  • Number of award(s): Not Known

How to Apply:

Applications will be submitted online using HHMI’s Web-based competition submission of all application material including graduate transcripts and reference letters must be made using the HHMI online system.

Applicants will upload graduate transcripts directly into the competition system. A complete application will consist of the following:

  1. Applicant information, including name, contact information, and email address.
  2. Graduate degree information, including name of department/program, date of entry into the graduate program, and name and email address of the dissertation advisor(s).
  3. List and description, if any other funding, the applicant is receiving to include: funding from the home institution, from the government of his/her home country, and other external awards.
  4. Description of intended dissertation research, including a brief discussion of the significance and innovation of the intended research project, a limited bibliography of key references.
  5. A list of publications and presentations with an applicant’s role in the publication described.
  6. A list of honors and awards that the applicant has received.
  7. A personal statement reflecting career goals in relation to the applicant’s thesis work and how the fellowship
  8. Letters of reference (three are required, four are permitted). One letter must be from the applicant’s dissertation advisor. If the applicant has two advisors, both should submit letters. Other letters should be from those who can speak better to the applicant’s potential as a researcher. These letters must be uploaded into the competition system by the reference writer. Instructions will be provided to each individual selected as a reference.
  9. Educational history, including names of all colleges and universities, attended, dates of attendance, and degrees obtained.
  10. Unofficial graduate transcripts (to be uploaded by the applicant).

Application Deadline: Varies

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