HHMI Student Research Fellows Program–materials due to me via slack on 7 Oct 2015

Below is information about the HHMI Student research fellows program for international students in 2nd or 3rd year of graduate study.  ME students, if eligible, may apply.  I can nominate up to 3 students from ME.  For TAM and AE students, I don’t know if those fields are eligible, you can ask your DGS if you are interested.

If you want to be considered, I will need  a letter of recommendation from your advisor and from you I need from you items 2 through 5 from the list at bottom. I will need these by Oct 7.  If I receive more than 3 applications, I will pick the top 3 based on my estimate of likelihood of success.

Students sending me materials: PLEASE SEND BY DIRECT MESSAGE ON SLACK VIA THE GRAD STUDENT SLACK TEAM AT http://sibleyphd.slack.com; if you are not already on the grad student slack you should be able to sign up by going to that URL as long as you register with a .cornell.edu address. Please do not send by email.

cheers, BK


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has invited Cornell to submit the names of 10 nominees to the International Student Research Fellowship program. Fellowships are designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international predoctoral students (who are ineligible for fellowship or training grant support through federal agencies) in the biomedical or related sciences, including physical and mathematical sciences.

HHMI will award 50 three-year fellowships to students while they are engaged in their doctoral dissertation research. Students must: a) have demonstrated exceptional talent for research; b) are currently in the second (or third) year of graduate study; c) have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research; and d) are not U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.

HHMI will provide each Fellow with an annual stipend of $30,000. Fellows are not generally allowed to be employed, engage in consulting services for pay, or receive significant funds from another external fellowship, scholarship, or similar award. In addition, HHMI will provide an annual allowance of $3,000, which may be used 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. This allowance may not be used by the institution to pay for any institutional fees or research costs.

HHMI will provide an annual institutional allowance of $10,000 in lieu of all tuition and fees. Cornell has agreed that fellows and thesis advisors will be exempt from paying tuition and fees normally charged to graduate students of similar academic standing, even if tuition and fees exceed the amount provided by HHMI.

Fellows will be chosen based on their promise as a scientific investigator. The most influential factor will be the candidate’s summary of his or her proposed thesis research and the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated by the student. Complete program information can be downloaded from: http://www.hhmi.org/programs/international-student-research-fellowships. In addition, you are urged to read the “Application Feedback” and “FAQ” documents.


Cornell Internal Selection Process:
Cornell, including Weill Medical College, is limited to submitting 10 nominations. […]Each nomination should contain the following information:

  1. One page letter from the nominee’s DGS briefly describing why the applicant was nominated, specifically addressing the applicant’s potential to be a scientific leader and innovator.
  2. From the nominee, a maximum two-page description of the intended research, including a brief discussion of the significance and innovation of the intended project, a limited bibliography of key references, and a list of publications and presentations with the nominee’s role in the publication described. Do not exceed the two page limit.
  3. One page personal statement reflecting career goals in relation to the nominee’s thesis work and how the fellowship will affect attainment of the goals;
  4. Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages). Include the following information: contact information including Cornell email address, research experience, including dates, graduate degree information, name of department/program, date of entry into the graduate program, and name and email address of the dissertation advisor(s); list of publications, presentations, and posters; educational history, including names of all colleges and universities attended, dates of attendance, and degrees obtained; honors, awards, and professional activities; Cornell graduate course grades and both undergraduate and graduate GPAs; scores on the GRE or MCAT and TOEFL (if applicable).
  5. For the last entry on the CV list and describe any funding the applicant is receiving from Cornell, the government of his/her home country, and/or other external awards. State if no funding is being received. Do not create a separate page for this information.

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