Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellowship (11 November 2013 INTERNAL, 25 November NATIONAL)

This email is being sent to the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Physics


Please share this fellowship announcement with students in your department who might be eligible to apply.  Please notice at the bottom of this email a new department requirement for this year’s competition.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is committed to the development of the most talented researchers studying in the U.S. graduate institutions regardless of their country of origin.  The HHMI International Student Research Fellowships 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 related sciences, including physical and mathematical sciences.  HHMI will award 3-year fellowships to students while they are engaged in their doctoral dissertation research.


About the fellowship:


  • Students must be currently in their 3rd or 4th year of their Ph.D. program when the fellowship is activated.
  • The fellowship term will begin on September 1, 2014 and is renewable for up to 3 years.  In no case will more than 3 years of support be provided, nor will support be provided beyond year 5 of a student’s Ph.D. program.
  • The annual stipend amount is $30,000 and may be supplemented, but 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.
  • Each fellow will receive an annual institutional allowance of $10,000 for tuition and fees, but by agreement with the host institution, fellows are exempt from tuition and fees, even if they exceed this amount.
  • In addition to the annual stipend, HHMI will provide an allowance of $3,000 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.




  • Students must demonstrate exceptional talent and innovation in research,
  • Be currently in the 2nd or 3rd year of graduate study,
  • 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 U.S.


Please note: If a student already has funding for his/her Ph.D. studies they will most likely have to decline the HHMI fellowship or resign the fellowship they were already awarded.  So please keep this in mind when submitting your application.


All students interested must fill out the attached application.  Also attached you will find application feedback from last year’s competition.  Please share this with any interested students from your department.


Indiana University Bloomington is allowed to nominate only 3 students for the fellowship.  Our nominations must be submitted to the HHMI by November 25, 2013, so please make sure to have your application and all required materials sent to Ms. Yvonne Dwigans, Graduate Fellowships and Awards Coordinator ( by November 11, 2013.  If HHMI accepts our list of nominations, they will contact the individual candidates directly with the information needed to complete an online application (early December).


NEW for this year:  Departments will be required to submit a letter for the applicant that addresses the applicants potential to be a scientific leader and innovator.  This letter is separate than the 3 required letters of reference the applicant is required to submit.  The letter must specifically address each of the components listed below.


  1. Briefly describe why the applicant was nominated for the HHMI International Student Research Fellowship program, specifically addressing the applicant’s potential to be a scientific leader and innovator.
  2. The amount of compensation for tuition that HHMI makes available through this fellowship is often not what is charged by the institution, thus HHMI requires a commitment to supplement the tuition shortfall for the duration of the fellows Ph.D. studies.  Please detail the source of funds (institution, department, thesis advisor, or other source) that will be committed to supplementing the HHMI fellowship funds provided for tuition for the duration of the fellows Ph.D. studies.
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