Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The goal of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study is to increase the diversity among scientists who are prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly as college and university faculty. The program provides awards to pairs of students and their dissertation advisers who are selected for their scientific leadership and commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

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2018 Gilliam Awardees

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study were created in 2004 in honor of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., a charter Trustee of HHMI and chair of its Audit and Compensation Committee. Mr. Gilliam was a respected business and civic leader who spent his life nurturing excellence and diversity in science and education.

The goal of this graduate fellowship program is to increase the diversity among scientists who are prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly as college and university faculty. The program provides awards to pairs of students and their dissertation advisers who are selected for their scientific leadership and commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

small group 2015 Gilliam Fellows

Program Benefits

  • Fellows are supported for up to three years of dissertation research, typically in years three, four, and five of PhD study. 
  • Compensation for the 2020-21 fellowship year is $50,000. This includes an annual fellow stipend of $33,000, an institution allowance (in lieu of tuition and fees) of $10,000, a fellow educational allowance of $3,000, and an adviser allowance of $4,000 to support diversity and inclusion efforts at the graduate level.
    See the Program Announcement for more information on the four categories and allowable expenses. 

The Gilliam program facilitates an environment that supports growth of the fellows’ research and professional skills, including expanding their professional networks. Fellows are invited to attend the annual Gilliam meeting and HHMI Investigator Conferences. 

The fellows’ advisers are expected to participate in mentor training workshops. The year-long workshops include monthly online and two in-person components that are designed to optimize their mentoring skills and sharpen their ability to evaluate themselves as mentors to a diverse and inclusive pool of future scholars.

Additional activities are designed to facilitate connections and encourage a sense of community among the different cohorts of awardees.

HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are open to eligible pairs comprising thesis advisers and PhD students (“adviser-student pairs”). Application for the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study is by invitation only. 

  • Adviser-student pairs from eligible disciplines must be nominated by the HHMI-designated institutional representative.
  • Prospective fellows must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other immigrants to the U.S., and be from racial, ethnic, or other groups recognized in the U.S. as underrepresented in the sciences, or Alumni of the HHMI EXROP, and be at the appropriate program stage of their PhD training. 

Notifications will be sent to the designated nominators by HHMI in late August, the submission portal opens in early September, and the deadline for nominations for the competition is mid-October. (See Application tab)

The adviser-student pairs must be studying scientific problems in biomedical and life science disciplines including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

Nominations must be made for students in their second or third year of a PhD program who have advanced to candidacy by September 1, 2020. 

Students who are enrolled in an MD/PhD or other dual-degree program are not eligible.

Note: Application for the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study is by invitation only.

HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are awarded on the basis of

  1. Commitment and/or demonstrated ability of the institution and the thesis adviser to develop outstanding scentists especially those from underrepresented groups, and
  2. The candidate’s promise as a scientific investigator, potential for leadership in the scientific community, aspiration for a career in academia, and a commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in science. 
  3.  An evaluation of all submitted materials (including the nomination, adviser, student, third-party reference).  All of these materials will be critical elements in the evaluation of the application. 

Components of the application

Nomination

  • Due: October 18, 2019

Thesis Adviser Application

  • Opens: Mid November

  • Closes: January 3, 2020

Fellow Application

  • Opens: Mid November

  • Closes: January 3, 2020

For more information about the nomination and application components, please read the Program Announcement

Current Fellows

Fellow Institution Thesis Adviser Cohort Year
Emily Ackerman University of Pittsburgh Jason Shoemaker 2018
Elise Adamson Duke University Kafui Dzirasa 2019
Marie Adomako University of California-San Diego Susan Golden 2017
Megan Agajanian The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ben Major 2018
Shanique Alabi Yale University Craig Crews 2018
Eddy Albarran Stanford University Jun Ding 2016
Kellianne Alexander University of Massachusetts Michael Francis 2019
James Allen Washington University in St. Louis James Skeath 2016
Michael Allevato University of California, San Diego School of Medicine J. Silvio Gutkind 2019
Macarena Aloi University of Washington Gwenn Garden 2016
Francesca Aloisio University of California, San Francisco Diane Barber 2016
Marcus Alvarez University of California, Los Angeles Paivi Pajukanta 2018
Angelo Andres The Ohio State University Blake Peterson 2018
Raquel Aragon University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine Arispe Iruela-Arispe 2018
Aleena Arakaki University of California, San Diego School of Medicine JoAnn Trejo 2018
Shireen Attaran University of Pittsburgh Carola Neumann 2016
Justin Avila Vanderbilt University Medical Center Michelle Southard-Smith 2019
Lindsey Backman Massachusetts Institute of Technology Catherine L. Drennan 2017
Selina Baeza-Loya The University of Chicago Ruth Anne Eatock 2019
Juan Barajas The Ohio State University Kalpana Ghoshal 2017
Luendreo Barboza New York University Cristina Alberini 2018
Isle Bastille Harvard University Lisa Goodrich 2018
Shawna Battle Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University Stanley Hazen 2017
Kyle Begovich University of California, San Diego James Wilhelm 2016
Jessie Benedict The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine David Linden 2018
Sherry Bermeo University of Washington David Baker 2017
Abraham Beyene University of California, Berkeley Markita Landry 2018
Gabriela Bosque Ortiz Yale School of Medicine Marcelo Dietrich 2019
Ashley Bourke University of Colorado Denver Matthew Kennedy 2016
Amanda Bradley University of Washington Medical Center Richard Gardner 2018
Taylor Brown University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine Elissa Hallem 2018
Jordan Brown Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Winder Danny 2018
Giancarlo Bruni University of Colorado Boulder Joel Kralj 2017
Ernesto Cabezas-Bou Yale University School of Medicine (Adviser); University of Puerto Rico (Fellow)  Daniel Colón-Ramos 2019
Elena Caceres University of California, San Francisco Michael Keiser 2016
Amber Caldara Emory University School of Medicine Andrew Kowalczyk 2018
Francis Cambronero Vanderbilt University Angela Jefferson 2018
Kyle Card Michigan State University Richard Lenski 2017
Gabriel Castro University of California, San Diego Chambers Hughes 2016
Kate Cavanaugh The University of Chicago Margaret Gardel 2018
Sergio Cepeda University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Ann Griffith 2018
Monica Cesinger University of Washington Michelle Reniere 2018
Manuella Clark-Cotton Duke University Daniel Lew 2016
Lars Clark Harvard Medical School Jonathan Abraham 2018
Natasha Cornejo University of Arizona John Jewett 2019
Willow Coyote-Maestas University of Minnesota Daniel Schmidt 2018
Zachary Criss Baylor College of Medicine Noah Shroyer 2016
Mariexcel Davatolhagh University of Pennsylvania Marc Fuccillo 2017
Roberto Efraín Díaz University of California, San Francisco James Fraser 2019
Christopher Duncan-Lewis University of California, Berkeley Britt Glaunsinger 2017
Joel Encarnacion-Rosado New York University Langone Health Alec Kimmelman 2019
Osatohanmwen Enogieru University of California, San Francisco Kathleen Giacomini 2016
Sara Espinosa University of Colorado Denver Rui Zhao 2017
Irma Fernandez Cornell University Robert Weiss 2019
Abel Ferrel Stanford University John Boothroyd 2018
Anabel Flores University of Michigan Christin Carter-Su 2016
Antoinette Foster Oregon Health & Science University Ben Emery 2016
Stacy Fosu Ohio State University David Nagib 2016
Samantha Francis Stuart University of California, Davis Crystal Ripplinger 2017
Tavita Garrett Oregon Health & Science University Laurence Trussell 2019
Devin Gibbs University of California, Los Angeles April Pyle 2019
Brian Glenn St Hilaire Baylor College of Medicine Erez Lieberman Aiden 2019
Carlos Gonzalez Stanford University Joshua Elias 2017
Erik Gonzalez-Leon University of California, Irvine Kyriacos Athanasiou 2018
Sara Haile The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Cynthia Wolberger 2018
Brea Hampton The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mark Heise 2019
Asante Hatcher Baylor College of Medicine Jeffrey Noebels 2016
Cody Hernandez The University of Chicago Jonathan Staley 2018
Gloria Hernandez University of California, Los Angeles Luisa Iruela-Arispe 2019
Jamie Hernandez University of Washington Kim Woodrow 2019
Nicole Hernandez University of Pennsylvania Heath Schmidt 2017
Andrew Hinton The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Peter Mucha 2019
Kristina Holme University of Michigan Scott Pletcher 2019
Jesse Holt University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Medha Pathak 2019
Cherice Hughes-Oliver Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Robin Queen 2018
Brittany Jenkins University of Georgia Melissa Ann Davis 2017
Brittany Johnson The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Boyd DeBose-Boyd 2018
David Johnson Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Alea Mills 2019
Nia Johnson University of Michigan Regina Baucom 2019
William Jordan Brown University Erica Larschan 2016
Veronica Jove The Rockefeller University Leslie B. Vosshall 2016
Matias Kaplan Stanford University Christina Smolke 2018
Jessica Kohn Columbia University Rudy Behnia 2018
Rose Larios University of California, San Francisco Devanand Manoli 2017
Russell Ledet New York University Michael Garabedian 2016
Lina Leon University of California, San Francisco Joseph Bondy-Denomy 2017
Juanita Limas The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Jeanette Cook 2018
Christine Liu University of California, Berkeley Stephan Lammel 2017
Jose Llongueras The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Mueller Ulrich 2018
Jeremy Lomax Brown University Elizabeth Brainerd 2018
Natasha Lopes Fischer University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Sunny Shin 2019
Naomi Lopez Caraballo New York University School of Medicine Robert Froemke 2018
Kristine Lyon Harvard University Susan Dymecki 2016
Samar Mahmoud University of Massachusetts Amherst Peter Chien 2019
Vayu Maini-Rekdal Harvard University Emily Balskus 2017
Ernesto Manzo University of Arizona Daniela Zarnescu 2016
Shelsa Marcel The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Ian Davis 2019
Jorge Marchand University of California-Berkeley Michelle Chang 2016
Leslie Mateo Stanford University School of Medicine Alistair Boettiger 2019
Allatah Mekile The Johns Hopkins University Rajini Rao 2017
Matthew Mendoza The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Lenora Volk 2017
Kelly Montgomery University of California, San Francisco Jason Gestwicki 2019
Daniel Morales-Mantilla Baylor College of Medicine Katherine King 2019
Marco Mravic University of California, San Francisco William DeGrado 2017
Santiago Naranjo Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tyler E. Jacks 2016
Eric Nealy University of Washington James Olson 2017
Andres Nevarez University of California, San Diego Nan Hao 2016
Kavin Nunez Brown University Karla Kuan 2017
Jessica Ochoa University of California, Los Angeles Todd Yeates 2018
Ahmad Omar California Institute of Technology Zhen-Gang Wang 2016
Tolu Omokehinde Vanderbilt University Medical Center Rachelle Johnson 2018
Titilayo Omotade Yale University Craig Roy 2017
Gloria Ortiz University of California, Berkeley Evan Miller 2017
Sebastien Ortiz University of Wisconsin-Madison Christina Hull 2017
Beatriz Otero University of Michigan Priscilla Tucker 2016
Alan Pacheco Boston University Daniel Segre 2017
Gian Parico University of California, Santa Cruz Carrie Partch 2018
Carlos Paz The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center James Collins,III 2017
Jennifer Pena Harvard University Simon Dove 2016
Brian Perez Stanford University Ashby Morrison 2017
Ferra Pinnock Cornell University Susan Daniel 2019
Donna Poscablo University of California, Santa Cruz Camilla Forsberg 2019
Sadi Quinones Tufts University Chris Dulla 2019
Michael Rale Princeton University Sabine Petry 2017
Alyson Ramirez Harvard University Mansi Srivastava 2016
Román Ramos Báez University of Washington Jennifer Nemhauser 2019
Ericka Reed Pennsylvania State University Timothy Miyashiro 2017
Josue Regalado The Rockefeller University Priya Rajasethupathy 2019
Christopher Reid Harvard Medical School Corey Harwell 2019
Susana Restrepo University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine Jason Aoto 2018
Jaime Reyes Baylor College of Medicine Margaret Goodell 2018
Kristina Rivera The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Scott Magness 2019
Fernando Rodriguez University of California, Berkeley Michael Rape 2016
Christina Roman The University of Chicago Joseph Piccirilli 2017
Gabriel Romero Oregon Health & Science University Laurence Trussell 2017
Barbara Romero Duenas University of Delaware Ramona Neunuebel 2017
Stefany Rubio University of California, Santa Cruz Lindsay Hinck 2018
Eugenia Salcedo University of California, San Francisco Charles Craik 2016
Emily Sales University of Oregon Chris Doe 2016
Ivan Santiago Harvard University Matthew Pecot 2016
Luis Schachner Northwestern University Neil Kelleher 2017
DeQuantarius Speed The University of Chicago Jean T. Greenberg 2017
Marc Sprague-Piercy University of California, Irvine Rachel Martin 2019
Jacob Steenwyk Vanderbilt University Antonis Rokas 2019
Donte Stevens University of California, San Diego Samara Reck-Peterson 2019
Tigist Tamir The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Michael Ben Major 2016
Gregory Telian University of California, Berkeley Hillel Adesnik 2016
Phillip Thomas New York University School of Medicine Susan Logan 2017
Lauren Thurlow University of California, Los Angeles Tracy Johnson 2018
Alexis Toliver Brown University Carlos Aizenman 2019
Alfredo Valencia Harvard University Cigall Kadoch 2017
Miriam Van Dyke The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University Tene Lewis 2018
Cesar Vargas The Rockefeller University Erich Jarvis 2018
Erick Velasquez University of California, Los Angeles Jorge Torres 2019
José Velilla Harvard University Rachelle Gaudet 2019
Apple Vollmers University of California, Santa Cruz Susan Carpenter 2019
Charles Washington The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Carole Ober 2018
Shawn Williams Brown University David Rand 2017
Patricka Williams-Simon University of Missouri Elizabeth King 2018
Kellie Williford Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Danny Winder 2019
Kurtresha Worden University of California, Berkeley Kaoru Saijo 2018
Fauna Yarza University of California, San Francisco Seemay Chou 2019

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