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On January 5, 2024, applications for the Stanford Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships and for the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Sarafan ChEM-H Fellowships will go live. Comprehensive information will be provided then, but the application components are listed below to give interested applicants ample time to prepare for their application prior to the deadline. All application components (including transcripts and faculty recommendation letters) are due at the same time, so we advise beginning to work on the components of your application soon. Faculty will need time to be able to write a reference, so please give them a few weeks' advance notice. Late reference letters will not be accepted.

Application details:

It is extremely important that your proposal is interdisciplinary (bringing together two or more separate fields of study) with at least two faculty members who are both Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty involved in your proposed project as mentors. The interdisciplinary nature of the proposal must be clearly defined and evident in the research plan submitted as part of the application. Preference will be given to students who are jointly mentored by at least two faculty members who are expert in distinctly separate areas of science and technology.

  1. Application questions include:
    • 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research.
    • 50-word (maximum) explicit explanation of how your project is interdisciplinary with the involvement of your faculty mentors.
    • Educational information along with education level (undergraduate and graduate), institution name, department, degree, date, and current GPA at Stanford.
    • Description of any sources of present forms of tuition or stipend funding. In addition, the names of any other fellowship applications applied for the 2024-2025 academic year.
    • Your advisor, co-advisor, and any additional faculty collaborator(s) on the proposed project. You must identify at least one faculty co-advisor (or co-mentor) for your work. Additional collaborators are optional. For the purposes of the application, a faculty co-advisor does not have to be an officially recognized departmental co-advisor; instead, this is a second faculty mentor who is integral to your proposed project. Both of your faculty mentors must be Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty.
  2. Interdisciplinary research plan and CV (PDF attachment)
    • Document must follow the NIH format of font (size, color, type density), line spacing, page size, and margins. (Reviewers are aware of this requirement and deviation from the format may adversely affect your application.)
    • At least two Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty mentors must be involved in the proposed project.
    • The research plan, including all text and figures, must be no more than four pages in length. References should be on a separate page and must be no more than one page in length.
    • Curriculum vitae must be no more than two pages in length. CV does not need to follow the NIH format but size, spacing, and font should be legible.
  3. Two recommendation letters, one from your faculty advisor and one from your co-advisor (submitted via email to
    • Letters must include a statement regarding the interdisciplinary nature of the proposal.
    • Letters from anyone other than faculty advisor and co-advisor will not be accepted.
    • Give the faculty a few weeks' advance notice and check with them several times to ensure that your letter is done on time. Late reference letters will not be accepted. Asking faculty for references should be the first thing you do for your application - we recommend giving your faculty an earlier deadline to ensure you receive your letters on time.
  4. Transcripts (in PDF form)
    • Official copy of graduate degree transcripts (leave section blank if none)
      • Scans must not be secured so that the file can be merged with other application components.
      • Scans must include an explanation of the grading system. The grading legend is typically found on the reverse page of a transcript, but if there is none, include an explanation of grades from the institution’s website.
      • Undergraduate transcripts are not requested.
    • Unofficial copy of Stanford transcript
      • Downloaded from Axess in landscape format.
      • Must include Winter 2024 information.
      • Must show that you are active in a PhD program by Winter 2024.

Make certain that:

  • Your faculty advisor and co-advisor (not postdocs, consulting faculty, etc.) are Stanford Bio-X affiliates. Visit: to confirm.
  • You are active in a PhD program by Winter 2024. This must be reflected in your Stanford transcript.