National deadline: February 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • GPA of at least 3.0 (cumulative and in the sciences)
  • Undergraduate student with 30 credits completed
  • Completion of BIOL 106/105 and CHEM 131/132/231/232 or equivalent (students majoring in disciplines other than Biological sciences may substitute appropriate introductory level science courses)
  • Faculty sponsorship

Award summary and conditions: The Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the College of Chemical & Life Sciences, University of Maryland supports the independent research activities of talented undergraduate students under the direct supervision of a faculty investigator/mentor. The objectives of the program are to allow students to experience the investigative process, demonstrate their aptitude for research, develop a close collaboration with a faculty mentor, and strengthen their conviction in their career choice.

The Undergraduate Fellowship program encourages the submission of applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Fellowships offer support for independent student research for periods of up to one year. Fellows receive stipends of $1,500/semester and $3,000/summer (up to $6,000/year). Fellows are also eligible to receive up to $1,500/year to offset the costs of necessary research supplies. After their initial fellowship year, fellows can renew fellowship for up to 3 years of funding from the HHMI program. For more information about the program, see the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website.

Application process: online 

Application requirements:

  • Online application form
  • Research proposal

Proposals should consist of the following items in this order:

  • Personal statement of applicant's long-term goals and the projected impact of the HHMI fellowship upon the attainment of those goals (1 page)
  • Proposal abstract (200 words or less) describing the proposed research in terms easily understood by a non-specialist
  • Proposal narrative (2-3 pages single spaced, excluding references) describing the rationale for the proposed research, the methods to be used, and how results will be analyzed and interpreted.  If the applicant wishes to be considered for an international research supplement, the proposal must detail the planned international experience and how it will complement campus-based research activities.
  • Budget consisting of an itemized list of materials and supplies and a brief explanation of why these things are necessary for the completion of the proposed research
  • Applicant's university transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient; may be cut and pasted from Testudo)
  • Applicant's curriculum vitae (listing education, jobs, internships, research experience, extracurricular activities, etc.)
  • A letter of support that addresses the student's qualifications and indicates the faculty mentor's willingness to supervise the proposed research activities should be submitted separately to by the mentor.

    Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

    Selection process: Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on the submission of a formal grant proposal. Proposals are evaluated by a panel of faculty members, which makes funding recommendations to the HHMI Program Director. Primary criteria for the evaluation of proposals are the feasibility of the study, clarity of the proposal, the academic preparation of the student, and the impact of the proposed research on the applicant's career development.

    Announcement date: New awards are announced approximately six weeks after submission deadlines.

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