Graduate and Medical Education Programs
Through its Graduate and Medical Education Programs, HHMI seeks to expand the nation's pool of medically trained researchers; promote interdisciplinary, graduate-level research training; and integrate medicine into biomedical research training. The program also seeks to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and newly independent scientists with courses and other resources that will help them succeed in their research careers.
Programs for Medical Students
Medical Research Fellows (“Med Fellows”) Program
Medical, dental, and veterinary students enrolled in schools in the United States receive support for a year of full-time biomedical research training at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States or abroad if the mentor is affiliated with a U.S. institution. Students may apply for a year of research training at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Fellowships are awarded through an annual competition.
Summer Medical Fellows Program
Medical, dental, and veterinary students enrolled in schools in the United States receive support for 8-10 weeks of full-time research in the laboratory of an HHMI investigator or at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Fellowships are awarded through an annual competition.
HHMI-NIH Research Scholars (Cloister) Program
HHMI is no longer financially supporting the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program after the current 2011-2012 class. NIH, however, will continue with a lab and clinical program for research training for medical and dental students that builds on its existing Clinical Research Training Program, and HHMI will continue to collaborate with NIH to provide unique training elements to the program. Through its HHMI Medical Research Fellows program, HHMI remains committed to offering medical, dental, and veterinary students the opportunity to consider careers in biomedical research.
Programs for Graduate Students
International Student Research Fellowships
This program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. The three-year fellowships support students who are in years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, even plant biology-as well as interdisciplinary research. A student must be nominated by his or her graduate institution to participate in the fellowship competition and only institutions designated by HHMI may nominate students.
Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study
The new Gilliam fellowships initiative was created to honor its namesake, James H. Gilliam Jr., an HHMI trustee who was committed to fostering a diverse scientific community. It builds on HHMI's Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), administered by HHMI's Undergraduate Science Education Program, which provides talented undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds with summer research experiences in the labs of HHMI investigators and HHMI professors. The EXROP students are selected by HHMI professors and invited directors of HHMI-funded undergraduate programs at colleges and universities. The competitive Gilliam fellowships provide up to five years of support for a small group of outstanding former EXROP students to pursue a Ph.D. in the biological sciences.
Training Grants for Institutions
Med Into Grad Initiative: Integrating Medical Knowledge Into Graduate Education
In this new competitive grant initiative, HHMI supports educational programs that incorporate the knowledge and skills of medicine and pathobiology into graduate education. The goal of the four-year grants is to train biomedical scientists who are better prepared to translate the discoveries of basic biological science into the treatment of human diseases.
Support for Advanced Courses
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)
HHMI supports graduate-level lecture and laboratory courses in neurobiology, computational biology, and other topics for scientists from around the world who want to learn about recent developments and techniques from leading researchers.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
HHMI supports courses and workshops that give graduate students, postdocs, and established investigators training in using the mouse to study human biology and disease.
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
HHMI supports graduate-level courses in neurobiology, parasitology, and other topics, which provide participants with experience in current laboratory techniques. HHMI also funds scholarships so that selected applicants from the labs of HHMI international research scholars can attend the MBL course "Biology of Parasitism."
HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces Initiative for Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Training
In partnership with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), HHMI is launching a new competitive grant initiative to develop a cadre of Ph.D. scientists who are trained to conduct interdisciplinary research at the boundaries between the biomedical, physical, computational, and mathematical disciplines. HHMI funding will support the establishment of new interdisciplinary training programs; NIBIB funding will sustain the training programs through their vulnerable early years.
Physician-Scientist Early Career Award
Selected alumni of the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program and the HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students Program receive three-years of support as they begin their careers as independent physician-scientists.
Course in Scientific Management for the Beginning Academic Investigator
Courses in scientific management, held in 2002 and 2005, were sponsored by HHMI and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) for selected HHMI and BWF grantees. A book derived from the 2002 and 2004 courses—Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty—is available in PDF format in HHMI's Resource Center. Also available is a guide to help universities and professional societies develop their own courses and programs: Training Scientists to Make the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Developing Programs in Scientific Management.