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2020 Stanford Bio-X, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, and Stanford ChEM-H Fellowship Applications Available Now

Application deadline: February 24, 2020

Group photo of Bio-X graduate fellows.

Stanford Bio-X graduate student fellows.


The Stanford Bio-X Leadership Council is pleased to announce the 17th annual competition for Stanford Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships and for Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford ChEM-H Fellowships.

The Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellowship Program provides current Stanford graduate students whose research interests are interdisciplinary in nature with three years of funding support. Because Bio-X Fellows work on the cutting edge at the intersection of disciplines, their potential to generate transformative discoveries for the benefit of human health is profound.

To date, the Bio-X Fellowship program has awarded 297 fellowships. Graduates of the program hold professorships at Stanford and its peer institutions, and continue to transition to successful careers in the industry sector. Many have co-founded start-up companies.

The Stanford Bio-X Bowes fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from the William K. Bowes Foundation while the Stanford Bio-X SIGFs, SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, and SIGFs affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H are made possible by other generous donors. These donations are helping Stanford strengthen graduate training in interdisciplinary biosciences, thereby spurring important new advances in science and engineering.

Applications will be considered for the Stanford Bio-X-Bowes Fellowships, Bio-X SIGFs, and SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford ChEM-H. Collectively, 25 Fellowships will be awarded to provide funding for three years beginning Fall Quarter 2020.


Application Components and Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students must read the full eligibility requirements before applying. For the Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellowships, see the 2020 Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowship announcement for complete details. For information about the Bio-X SIGFs or SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute or Stanford ChEM-H eligibility, award terms, and policies, click here.

To be considered for review, complete applications must be submitted online, with all required materials emailed or received - not postmarked - by February 24, 2020 at 5:00pm PST.

It is extremely important that your proposal is interdisciplinary (bringing together two or more separate fields of study) with at least two faculty members 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. At least two faculty mentors WHO ARE BOTH Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty must be involved with the proposed project.

For the Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellowships, eligible graduate students must be starting their second, third, or fourth year of a Ph.D. program on September 21, 2020 and must be officially active in a Ph.D. program by the application deadline (students enrolled in a program that requires a master's degree must also be officially active in a Ph.D. program by the application deadline). For the Bio-X SIGFs or SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute or Stanford ChEM-H, eligible graduate students must be starting their second, third, or fourth year of a Ph.D. program on September 21, 2020 and must be officially active in a Ph.D. program by the application deadline.
 

The Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellowship application requires:

  1. Introductory page
    • This includes your name, the title of your research proposal, a 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research, and a 50-word (maximum) explicit explanation of how your project is interdisciplinary and includes the involvement of the two faculty mentors.
    • We require you to list your advisor, co-advisor, and any additional faculty collaborator(s) on the proposed project. (Your reference letters must be from your advisor and co-advisor on the project.)
    • We require the description of any sources of present forms of tuition or stipend funding (please let us know if you are applying for any other fellowship simultaneously).
  2. Interdisciplinary research plan
    • The plan, including all text, figures, references, etc., must be no more than four pages in length, and in Times New Roman, size 12 font.
    • 100-word abstract of research description
    • 50-word explicit explanation of how the project is interdisciplinary and includes the involvement of the two faculty mentors
    • At least two faculty mentors must be involved in the proposed project.
  3. Curriculum vitae
    • This must be no more than two pages in length.
  4. Two recommendation letters, one from your faculty advisor and one from your co-advisor
    • Letters must include a statement regarding the interdisciplinary nature of the proposal.
    • 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 a deadline of Friday, February 21st to ensure you receive your letters on time.
  5. Transcripts from other institutions
    • We require PDF scans of official copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. These scans must also include a grading legend (i.e. explanation of the grading system of the institution). The grading legend is typically found on the reverse page of a transcript.
  6. Stanford transcript
    • We require an unofficial copy of your Stanford transcript including Winter 2020.
    • The transcript must show that you are active in a PhD program by Winter 2020.
  7. Education information
    • Include your educational information along with education level, institution name, department, degree, date, and current GPA at Stanford.

 

Make certain that:

  • Your faculty advisor (not postdocs, consulting faculty, etc.) is a Stanford Bio-X affiliate. Visit: https://biox.stanford.edu/person-group/affiliated-faculty to confirm.
  • You must identify at least one faculty co-advisor (or co-mentor) for your work. 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.
  • You are active in a PhD program by Winter 2020. This must be reflected in your Stanford transcript.

Online application


Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST (including recommendation letters and mailed materials)
  • Notification of Award: by May 15, 2020
  • Award Start Date: Fall Quarter 2020
  • Funding Period: Fall 2020 through Summer 2023

For questions about the application process or technical issues, please contact:

bio-x_fellowship_applications@stanford.edu