Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2018 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

Date Posted:
Deadline for Notice of Intent (NOI):09/14/17
Agency Deadline:02/01/18
Limit on Number of Proposals:Two advisor/student pairs - KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
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The goal of HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly college and university faculty who have the responsibility to develop the next generation of scientists. HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are awarded on the basis of the demonstrated ability of the institution and the thesis adviser to develop outstanding sci­entists especially those from underrepresented groups, and the candidate’s promise as a scientific investigator, potential for leadership in the scientific community, aspiration for a career in academia, and a commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in science.

HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are open to eligible pairs comprising thesis advisors and PhD students (“advisor-student pairs”).

  • Advisor-student pairs from eligible disciplines must be nominated by the HHMI-designated institutional representative; and
  • PhD students must be NIGMS training grant eligible, be from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in the sciences, or Alumni of the HHMI EXROP and be at the appropriate program stage of their PhD training.

The advisor-student pairs must be studying scientific problems in biomedical and life science disciplines including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.  Students who are enrolled in an MD/PhD (e.g., Medical Scientist Training Program) program are not eligible.

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study will support students for up to three years of their dissertation research, typically in years 3-5 of their PhD studies. Nominations must therefore be made for students in their second or third year of a PhD program that have advanced to candidacy by September 1, 2018.

The total amount awarded to the institution is $50,000.

Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Notice of Intent Procedure:

If you are interested in submitting to this opportunity, please Click Here * to submit a Notice of Intent form. You will be asked to provide your name and the names of any KU Co-PIs or senior personnel on the project team.

Please contact if you have questions or experience any difficulty submitting the NOI form.

Please submit your NOI form or send an email NOI to, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, the respondents will be asked to submit a brief pre-proposal for review by an internal selection committee.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy Biles at or 864-7434.

Contact:Nancy Biles: 785-864-7434