Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Funding Agency:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community.

Deadline: Jan. 8, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The program is open to individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, women of any ethnic or racial group as well as any individual identifying as Hispanic, Black, Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.
  • The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.
  • The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who:
    • have a PhD and/or MD or equivalent conferred by an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) by the start of the grant term.
    • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date.
  • The postdoctoral training mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) at an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • Applicants can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.

Amount Description

Postdoctoral Training Phase

Fellows will receive annual support of a $60,000 salary for the initial year and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through a non-renewable grant to the training institution. This phase of the award is for a minimum of two and maximum of four years.

Faculty Phase

Fellows will receive $250,000 in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance per year, paid through a non-renewable grant to the institution where they have attained a faculty position. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years.

Funding Type

Fellowship

Eligibility

African American
Hispanic
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Minorities encouraged
Native American
Post Doctoral Fellows
Women
Women and minorities encouraged
Women of Color

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

January 8, 2020