Research Management Group (RMG)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study Program

This limited submission program will support graduate students for up to three years of their dissertation research, typically in years 3-5 of their PhD studies. (See eligibility below)


The internal selection process for 2017 has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.


# of advisor/student pairs permitted from Stanford: 7
(see school contacts, cross school nominations, internal nomination guidelines below)


Internal Deadline for the School of Medicine: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 5 p.m. (see internal SoM nomination guidelines below)
Each School will submit the top 4 thesis advisor/graduate student pairs nominees to Rebecca Jantzen via online portal by Oct. 20, 2017 (see the internal nomination guidelines below)
Stanford to submit the top 7 advisor-student pair nominations to HHMI: Nov. 3, 2017
HHMI will subsequently invite certain applicants to submit full applications by Feb. 1, 2018

Sponsor website:

PDF File of the program announcement:


Students are supported for up to three years of dissertation research, typically in years three, four, and five of PhD study
Compensation for the 2018-19 fellowship year is $50,000
They anticipate awarding 30-35 awards in 2018.

Check with these contacts directly regarding their internal submission guidelines and their internal deadlines:

Each of those schools will canvas their graduate programs, and may select a limited number of candidates for consideration for this fellowship. Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of many of our students' programs, we will use the following selection groundrules:



Eligibility (REVISED**):
Application for the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study is by invitation only. HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are open to eligible pairs comprising thesis advisors and PhD students (“advisor-student pairs”).


Program overview:
The goal of HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly college and university faculty who have the responsibility to develop the next generation of scientists. The training of scientists and engineers has long been a cornerstone of public science policy. HHMI has invested and continues to invest substantially in graduate and medical research education through the direct support of fellowship and training programs. The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program promotes excellence in the life sciences and related fields by supporting: (i) PhD students committed to a career in academic research and (ii) faculty and training programs dedicated to developing the talents of promising graduate students from underrepresented groups.

The Gilliam program facilitates an environment that supports growth of the fellows’ research and professional skills, including expanding their professional networks. The fellows’ mentors are expected to participate in workshops designed to improve their mentoring skills and sharpen their ability to evaluate themselves as mentors to a diverse and inclusive pool of future scholars. The nomination process, review criteria, and faculty training are intended to encourage participating institutions to adopt activities and policies that promote inclusion and the development of talented scientists from all backgrounds.

The primary desired outcome of the fellowship is that fellows will assume leadership roles in science, particularly in academia. Additional activities are designed to facilitate connections and encourage a sense of community among the different cohorts of awardees.

For the 2018–2019 fellowship year, the total amount awarded to the institution is $50,000. HHMI will provide the funds to the fellowship institution, which in turn will pay the fellow and advisor. In order to allow for some fiscal flexibility, the
institution/thesis advisor may substitute or augment funds as long as the following minimal amounts are applied to each of the three categories:

Other funding restrictions:

The fellow may elect to use the educational allowance to cover his or her health insurance if insurance coverage is optional at the fellowship institution. If health insurance is required at the institution, then the costs should be part of the institutional allowance. Gilliam fellows are not permitted to supplement the stipend by private employment or consulting work, or to receive significant funds from other fellowship/scholarship sources or from training grants. However, the institution may supplement the HHMI stipend in accordance with its usual policy for comparable graduate students. The remaining funds of the HHMI award (at least $4,000 per year) are to be used by the thesis advisor topromote diversity and inclusion (e.g., professional development activities for the lab group and/or the graduate program).




By Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 5 p.m., please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Funding Information Administrator
Research Management Group

File name: Student’s last name_HHMI_Gilliam_Fellowship.pdf

A. Title page:
HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study Program
Graduate Student:
Ph.D. Program:
Dissertation title:
Year in Graduate program (reminder-the student must be in the 2nd or 3rd year of a PhD program)
Will this student have advanced to candidacy by Sept. 1, 2018?
Email address:
Thesis Advisor:
Name, title, Department, address, phone, email address

B. Nomination letter (from the thesis advisor):
The nomination document Stanford will submit for the top 7 nominees will be a key part of the material reviewed by the review panel. The
nomination will include responses to six questions about how the advisor-student pair fits the eligibility criteria and requirements specific to this fellowship. Therefore, each internal nomination letter prepared by the thesis advisor, and should be addressed to the HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study Program review committee and printed on the thesis advisor’s department letterhead and should list each question (in bold) and include a response below each question.

C. A two-page summary of the student’s dissertation research activity, emphasizing the significance and innovation of the intended research. (Single-spaced)

D. A list of publications and presentations with [brief descriptions of] the student's role in the publication described.

E. Graduate Student’s CV

F. Thesis advisor’s Biosketch

G. The student's unofficial Stanford graduate transcript.

Selection process

Each school will submit the top 4 thesis advisor/PhD graduate student pairs to Rebecca Jantzen in the Vice Provost of Graduate Education (VPGE) by Oct. 20, 2017. Her review committee will select the 7 pairs to represent Stanford. Rebecca will submit the seven nominations to HHMI by Nov. 3rd.


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