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Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Modified: September 23, 2016

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is accepting applications for the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community.The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site and are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 PM.

Program Overview

Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

Eligibility

  • The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
  • The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows

The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available here. For questions, contact program staff

Funding and Career Development