Fall 2020 Call for Graduate Student Award Proposals

Funding Agency:
Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine

TriCEM is currently inviting proposals to support research on evolutionary perspectives on human, animal, and plant health from graduate students at Duke, NC A&T State University, NC Central University, and NC State. The student awards at NC A&T and NCCU are generously supported through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and come with additional funding to support undergraduate involvement in research and to attend TriCEM’s Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute.

Graduate Student Awards are one-year awards for graduate students to pursue research in evolutionary medicine relevant to their graduate research. To be eligible, a student must be actively enrolled at Duke, NC A&T, NCCU, or NC State and have completed one semester of their graduate program by the time the funding commences. We expect the graduate student to lead and author aspects of the proposed research under the mentorship of their advisor.

Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand health and disease in humans, animals, and plants. Previously funded graduate projects are provided at tricem.org/grad-students/, with topics that include: the ecology and evolution of infectious disease; psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease; evolution of antimicrobial resistance; evolutionary perspectives in global health; evolution of aging; autoimmune disease and allergy; evolution and cancer; evolutionary perspectives on emerging plant diseases and food security; One Health and comparative medicine; and the genetic basis of disease.

For students at Duke and NC State, funds should be used for direct research expenses; tuition, fees, and stipends are not allowable expenses. For students at NC A&T and NCCU, funds may be used for direct research expenses or for student support. Award amounts will vary depending on funding availability, up to $7,500.

Proposals are due on October 30, 2020.

Agency Website

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 20, 2020