HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

Graduate Studies recently secured two nomination slots for the 2023 HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study competition. We may nominate two advisor-student pairs who are eligible to apply for this prestigious fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to both a graduate student engaged in dissertation research and their thesis advisor. Fellows are supported for up to three years of dissertation research. The fellow receives an annual stipend of $36,000; a $4,000 discretionary allowance for professional development; and an institutional allowance of $10,000 (toward tuition and fees). The faculty advisor will be awarded $3,000 to support diversity and inclusion efforts. 

Eligibility

Advisor-student pairs must be studying scientific problems in biomedical sciences, life sciences, and biological questions in related disciplines. The program does not support social science research.

Student criteria includes 1) students who are from traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, including students with recognized disabilities; 2) students in their second or third year of a PhD program; and/or 3) have at least two full years of study remaining as of September 1, 2023. International students and students who are enrolled in or affiliated with a funded MD/PhD or other dual-degree programs are not eligible. See HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study for more details.

Application Process

To apply, the advisor-student pair must submit the following as one nomination packet: 

  1. Application Information Sheet
  2. Student bio sketch and CV
  3. 1-page research proposal from student
  4. 1-page academic and personal statement from student
  5. Brief timeline to degree completion
  6. Significant nomination letter from advisor addressing student’s academic qualifications; the student’s eligibility for the program; the student’s science and leadership potential; the advisor’s academic and professional qualifications, including demonstrable commitment to diversity in the field; and the advisor’s affirmation to commit to the cycle of the fellowship program.
  7. Advisor bio sketch and CV

Submit all materials as one PDF to Margaret Gonzales (margo@unm.edu) by 5pm Monday, September 12, 2022. Materials submitted as individual documents will be returned without review. The application packet must be submitted as one PDF. 

A review committee will select two advisor-student pairs to be UNM’s nominees for the competition. The Acting Dean of Graduate Studies will affirm final nominees and submit them to the Program, which will then trigger another application process for the selected pairs and the Graduate Studies nominator.

Program Dates

  • September 12: Internal Nomination Deadline
  • Sept 29: University Nomination Deadline
  • October 20: External Application Opens
  • December 8: External Application Deadline
  • June 2023: Award Notification
  • September 1, 2023: Fellowship Starts
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