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Funding Opportunity - HHMI 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Competition

Created: December 13, 2018

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition. The biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking, and through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. 

Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding 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. The Institute will select and support up to 15 fellows in this competition. This grant competition is open to all eligible applicants and no nomination is required.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows will have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity during the duration of the award.

Eligibility:
The program is open to individuals who:

  • are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • are basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.
  • hold a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent), which must be conferred by the start of the grant term.
  • U.S. citizens must have a degree from a research institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) or an international research institution.
  • non-U.S. citizens and applicants with other nationalities must have a degree from a research institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at an academic research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date.
  • the postdoctoral training mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) at an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • applicants can have no more than 16 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.

Please see the program announcement for further information about eligibility requirements. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site. Applications are due January 9, 2019, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time).

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