Applying for Funding
Although your chosen MIP advisor will support both your research and tuition expenses, it is a good idea to consider applying for your own funding. It will give you valuable experience in writing a proposal and encourages you to think in depth while planning your project. In addition, obtaining a competitive pre-doctoral fellowship will help you stand out from the crowd when you want to land a post-doc position in a top lab. You can even apply for some fellowships during your first year!!
The GAUSSI Program - 1 year, $32,000
The GAUSSI program provides one year $32,000 NSF-supported fellowships to outstanding students from life science, computer science, engineering, math and statistics graduate programs who are working on projects involving computational biology. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in analysis of large biological datasets and aims to prepare students for a variety of professions. Students will generally become eligible for the GAUSSI fellowship at the end of year one, but exceptional students may be considered upon admittance.
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships - 3 years, $20,000
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States, with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Preference given to minorities and/or demonstrate some prior commitment to improving the status of underrepresented populations. Deadline: November. Can apply any time after acceptance to Graduate School, but must be able to demonstrate need for 3 years of support.
NSF Fellowships - 3 years $34,000 +$12,000 educational allowance
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Applications are accepted in final year of undergraduate or in the fall semester of either the first or second year of grad school.
NIH F31 Fellowships - NRSA levels
The purpose of the predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes during the tenure of the award.Mainly for minorities, although some Institutes (like, NINDS) offer unrestricted fellowships. Applications are accepted April, August, and December.
American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship - 2 years, reapply for 3rd
The objective of the American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship is to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Research must broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and pertinent clinical, basic, bioengineering and biotechnology, public health, and multidisciplinary efforts. January and July deadlines.