Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Society for Microbiology

The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is for highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences by encouraging students to continue and complete their research project.

Students will be:

  • Required to submit an abstract each year to the annual ASM Microbe meeting to present their work
  • Required to attend an Education Board (EB) sponsored professional development program or participate in one of the webinar series one time during the three-year tenure of the fellowship.

Deadline: May 1.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be formally admitted to a doctoral program in the microbiological sciences at an accredited U.S. institution
  • Have successfully completed the first year of their graduate program (first year graduate students cannot apply)
  • Have successfully completed all graduate coursework requirements for their doctoral degree by the date the fellowship is activated
  • Be an ASM student member, to join click here.
  • Be mentored by an ASM member
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Not have funding OR have funding that will expire by the start date of the fellowship
    This fellowship cannot run concurrently with other national fellowships from NIH, NSF, HHMI, etc.  



Amount Description

The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three year period. Students will receive six stipend payments. Funds cannot be used for tuition and fees.

Funding Type



African American
Grad/Prof Students
Native American
Women of Color


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

May 1, 2018