Application deadline: February 15, 2023 at 5pm PT

Group photo of Bio-X graduate fellows.

Stanford Bio-X graduate student fellows.

The Stanford Bio-X Leadership Council is pleased to announce the 20th annual competition for Stanford Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships and for Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Sarafan ChEM-H Fellowships.

The Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellowship Program awards current Stanford graduate students whose research interests are interdisciplinary in nature. The awardees are selected by a Faculty review committee and are provided three years of tuition and stipend 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 364 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 secured Faculty positions or co-founded start-up companies.

The Stanford Bio-X Bowes fellowships are made possible by funding from an endowment from William K. Bowes and also funding from the William K. Bowes Foundation while the Stanford Bio-X SIGFs and SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute or with Sarafan 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 or with Sarafan ChEM-H. The Bio-X Leadership Council will evaluate all applications and, in conjunction with Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Sarafan ChEM-H leadership, determine which students will receive each award. For all fellowships, proposals must be interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together two (or more) separate fields of study. Collectively, 25 Fellowships will be awarded to provide funding for three years beginning Fall Quarter 2023.

Application Components and Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students must read the full eligibility requirements before applying. For the Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellowships, see below for complete details. For information about the Bio-X SIGFs, SIGFs affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute or with Sarafan 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 by February 15, 2023 at 5:00pm PST.

Based on the nature of the proposal, it may be decided that an application is more competitive if reviewed for a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) General or Environment, Energy & Sustainability. If so, Bio-X will send the application to VPGE to be reviewed by them instead. Similarly, applications submitted to VPGE for a General or EE&S fellowship may be reviewed by Bio-X. If this occurs, the student applicant will be notified.


  • Graduate students must be starting their second, third, or fourth year of graduate-level work on September 25, 2023.
  • Time spent in a Stanford master’s program is included in the year count of graduate-level work (i.e. the year count is a sum of the master’s plus doctoral quarters) unless the field of the master’s degree is clearly different from the Ph.D. program judged by the Bio-X program Faculty Reviewers.
  • The applicant must be officially active in a Ph.D. program by the application deadline.
  • The Stanford Bio-X Fellowship may not be combined with any other full fellowship awards; those supported by full fellowship sources (e.g. NSF, NIH, SGF) during the 2023-2026 academic years are not eligible to apply. In addition, in cases of partial funding, the majority of the applicant's funds should come from the Stanford Bio-X Fellowship and not another source.

Award details:

  • Stipend support: Three years of stipend paid over 4 quarters. In Year 3, students receive an additional $750 each quarter ($3000 for the year).
  • Tuition support: In Years 1 and 2, students receive 8 - 10 units for Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, and 3 units of support for Summer quarter. In Year 3, students receive TGR tuition for four quarters.
  • Deferrals: The start date of the fellowship can be postponed for a maximum of two academic quarters. The maximum deferral allowed during the entire fellowship is two academic quarters.

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 2023-2024 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)

  • 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
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    • Must include Winter 2023 information.
    • Must show that you are active in a PhD program by Winter 2023.

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 2023. This must be reflected in your Stanford transcript.


Online application

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm PST (including recommendation letters and e-mailed materials)
  • Notification of Award: May 19, 2023
  • Award Start Date: Fall Quarter 2023
  • Funding Period: Fall 2023 through Summer 2026

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