Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study support exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders, especially those students who will go on to become faculty members at colleges and universities. 

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The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study promote the development of scholars who will assume leadership roles in science, especially among college and university faculties responsible for developing the next generation of scientists. The fellowships are open to PhD students who are: motivated toward careers as academic scientists; from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in science, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and, committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in science.

Eligible students are nominated to apply and are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

The Gilliam program facilitates an environment that supports growth of the fellows’ research and professional skills, including expanding their professional networks. The fellows’ mentors are expected to participate in workshops designed to improve their mentoring skills and sharpen their ability to evaluate themselves as mentors to a diverse and inclusive pool of future scholars. The nomination process, review criteria, and faculty training are intended to encourage participating institutions to adopt activities and policies that promote inclusion and the development of talented scientists from all backgrounds.

The primary desired outcome of the fellowship is that fellows will assume leadership roles in science, particularly in academia. Additional activities are designed to facilitate connections and encourage a sense of community among the different cohorts of awardees.

small group 2015 Gilliam Fellows
  • Students are supported for up to three years of dissertation research, typically in years three, four, and five of PhD study
  • Compensation for the 2017–18 fellowship year is $46,000

Application for the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study is by invitation only. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Nominated students must be in their second or third year of a PhD program in the life sciences or related sciences. They must have identified a thesis adviser and have advanced to candidacy before appointment.
  • Alumni of HHMI’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), regardless of country of origin or nationality, may be nominated by the director of their graduate program.
  • Other students may be nominated by institutions that are selected by HHMI. Each nominated student must be training grant eligible, but does not need to be, or to have been, on the training grant.
  • Students enrolled in an MD/PhD program (i.e., Medical Scientist Training Program) are not eligible.

Program Dates

November 3, 2017

Nomination deadline


February 1, 2018

Application deadline


June 2018

Award notification


September 1, 2018

Fellowship start date


2017 Program Announcement

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Program Dates

November 2017

Nomination Deadline

February 2018

Application Deadline

June 2018

Award Notification

September 1, 2018

Fellowship Start Date