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Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study
The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study provide full support for up to four years of study toward a PhD for outstanding students from groups underrepresented in the sciences. Students are chosen for their academic excellence and scientific potential.

The 2012 Gilliam Fellows. From left: Daniel Garcia, Robert Amezquita, Kailan Sierra-Davidson, Lauren Rodriguez, Robert Wardlow, Martha Zepeda Rivera, Hugo Vega-Ramirez, Deric Griffin, Tien-Phat Huynh.


Earn a PhD at the university of your choice.


Work with distinguished scientists.


Lead a new generation of biomedical researchers.

Open to students who have participated in the HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), Gilliam fellowships provide an extraordinary opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the life sciences. Each fellowship provides full support for up to four years of study towards a PhD at a university of the fellow’s choice.

The fellowships honor the legacy of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., an HHMI Trustee who devoted his life to fostering excellence and diversity in education and science.


  • Up to four years
  • 2013-2014 fellowship year: $46,500

Program Outcomes

HHMI has awarded 62 Gilliam Fellowships since 2005. Of the students who have successfully completed their fellowship and earned their PhD, 50 percent are currently in postdoctoral and faculty positions.    

Your dreams and determination have brought you this far. A Gilliam Fellowship can take you even further.