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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Graduate Studies

Frank W. Putnam Research Fellowship

IU alumni Yu-Sheng “Victor” and Lin-Dee Liu created the Putnam Research Fellowship in 2013 to honor Victor’s faculty mentor, Frank Putnam, who served on our faculty for 23 years. The Liu family funded this fellowship via their Building Futures Foundation, which supports their charitable endeavors aiding educational programs in the U.S., China, South Korea, South East Asia, and Africa.


  • This fellowship goes to a graduate student in good academic standing who is pursuing a Ph.D. in cell biology or biochemistry.
  • Applicant must be pursuing research that emphasizes immunology, protein chemistry, or human oncology.
  • Candidate must be an advanced-level graduate student who has successfully passed his or her qualifying examination as required for the Ph.D. degree.
  • Graduate students from either the Department of Biology or the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Program who meet the above-stated criteria are eligible to apply.


$3,000. This competitive award will be disbursed during the summer.

Special Application Materials:

Submit all materials listed on the application instructions.

Up to three letters of support must be submitted separately by your faculty member(s).

Learn More:

Read more about Frank Putnam, and the most recent award recipient »

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