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BCB Graduate Student Fellowships

Application Deadline: Feb. 6, 2017

The graduate program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) is pleased to offer up to five graduate student fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships, which are made possible with funds provided by the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) and the BCB program will provide successful applicants with:

  • A 12 month stipend of $22,000
  • Payment of graduate student fees
  • Payment of annual health insurance
  • Travel funds ($1000) to be used toward attending a scientific conference in the applicant’s field

This fellowship is for one year with competitive renewal for a second year. To be eligible for a second year of funding the student must submit a progress report together with the renewal application that documents and explains the progress made toward earning their degree.

The fellowship application and review process are modeled on those used by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

Eligibility

Current and prospective BCB students are eligible to apply. Prospective students must be admitted to BCB before an award can be made. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Application Instructions

Failure to fully comply with the requirements listed below will eliminate the application from consideration. Additionally, applications that are incomplete by the application deadline will not be considered.

Current (Continuing) BCB students

Your fellowship application should include (i) a Proposed Plan of Research, (ii) a Research Progress Report, (iii) a reference letter from your advisor, (iv) a reference letter from one other member of the UI faculty, and (v) your graduate school academic web transcript.

These must be submitted electronically (as PDF files) to Lisha Abendroth (lishaa@uidaho.edu) on or before February 6, 2017 – no exceptions.

  • Proposed Plan of Research should have a maximum length of two pages,including all references, citations, charts, figures and tables. Your application should explicitly address each review criterion. The Review Criteria are explained below.
  • If you are submitting a renewal application OR applying for a BCB Fellowship for the first time as a current (continuing) BCB student, you should also include a report of your progress made during the past year, and specific outputs such as publications and presentations (maximum two pages).
  • The reference letters from your advisor and a second UI faculty member should specifically addresses the following:
    • An evaluation of the student's critical thinking and communication skills.
    • A ranking of the student's research potential among graduate students they have interacted with over the last 10 years (top 5 percent, top 20 percent, top 50 percent, below 50 percent).
    • The advisor should outline specific steps that have been, or will be taken to secure financial support for the applicant in the future.
  • Your graduate school academic transcript should be as current as possible.
  • Applications must be written using standard 8.5" x 11" page size, 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1" margins on all sides, and must be single spaced or greater. Only references, footnotes and figure captions may be a smaller font, no less than 10-point Times New Roman. Applicants should not send extraneous information or materials such as CDs, manuscripts, links to web pages, or resumes. These items will not be reviewed with an application.

Each application will be reviewed independently by members of the BCB Governing Board and other BCB faculty as deemed appropriate by the Board. All information included in the application and reference letters will be confidential. Reviewers will evaluate the application with respect to the following criteria:

  • How important is the proposed research to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • How innovative is the proposed research?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed research plan, and is it well-written and feasible?
  • How well qualified is the applicant to conduct the project (based on elements such as strength of the academic record, description of previous research experience, or past or planned publication/presentations, letters of reference).
  • What progress was made during the past year and were there specific outputs such as publications and presentations?
  • What specific steps were taken by the student or major professor to secure financial support for the applicant in the future?

Newly Admitted BCB students (Fall 2017 Admission)

Your fellowship application should include (i) a description of previous research experience, (ii) a description of your proposed plan of research, and (iii) a reference letter from your prospective BCB advisor.

These must be submitted electronically (as PDF files) to Lisha Abendroth (lishaa@uidaho.edu) on or before February 6, 2017 – no exceptions.

  • Previous Research Experience: a one-page description that includes all references, citations, charts, figures, and tables.
  • Proposed Plan of Research: a one-page description of the applicant's proposed research plan that includes all references, citations, charts, figures, and tables.
  • Your prospective BCB advisor should submit a reference letter that specifically addresses the following:
    • An assessment of your research potential.
    • Your potential to think critically and communicate your ideas effectively.
    • Specific steps that have been, or will be taken in the near future to secure financial support for the applicant in the future.
    (Reviewers will also consider the three reference letters included in your application to the BCB program.)
  • Your academic transcript should be the same as what you included in your application to the BCB program.
  • Applications must be written using standard 8.5" x 11" page size, 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1" margins on all sides, and must be single spaced or greater. Only references, footnotes and figure captions may be a smaller font, no less than 10-point Times New Roman. Applicants should not send extraneous information or materials such as CDs, manuscripts, links to web pages, or resumes. These items will not be reviewed with an application.

The fellowships will be evaluated by the BCB Governing Board based upon the following criteria:

  • How important is the proposed research to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • How innovative is the proposed research?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed research, and is it well-written and feasible?
  • How well qualified is the applicant to conduct the project (based on elements such as strength of the academic record, description of previous research experience, or past or planned publication/presentations, letters of reference).
  • What specific steps were taken by the student or major professor to secure financial support for the applicant in the future?

Contact

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 441D

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: (208) 885-6010

Email: bcb@uidaho.edu

Web: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology