Although many of our Colorado State University Cell and Molecular Biology (CSU / CMB) students are supported through Research and Teaching Assistantships while they work on their doctorate, we strongly encourage trainees to apply for their own funding.  There are many benefits to obtaining a fellowship:

  • More freedom in choosing a lab and / or project.
  • A larger stipend.
  • Excellent practice for an academic career where grant-writing is an invaluable skill.
  • Better prospects in your career and future grant applications.

Both the Graduate School (GS) and CMB run workshops to help students apply for National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellowships each fall.  In addition, there are multiple Grant Writing Courses offered at CSU that can help you hone your proposal preparation skills.

A number of opportunities are highlighted below, and more are listed on the Fogarty International Center site. Contact Carol Wilusz if you would like examples of successful applications or to get contact information for a successful applicant.

CMB Outstanding Student Scholarship

These $250 scholarships go to CMB PhD students who show initiative and commitment by submitting an application for an externally funded fellowship such as the NSF – GFRP (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program) or  NIH – F31 (National Institutes of Health).  Application deadlines are December 1, 2019 and May 1, 2020, with up to five scholarships available for each deadline.  Awards for the December deadline will be disbursed at the start of Spring semester and May deadline in early Fall.

Please visit the CMB Outstanding Student Scholarship Program form for eligibility requirements and the application.

Fellowship Opportunities

Quantitative Cell & Molecular Biology Program (qCMB) T32 Fellowships

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The National Institutes of Health awarded the CMB Program a $1.1 million T32 Training Grant in July 2019.  This award will support four CMB PhD students in 2019 – 20 and six students in subsequent years through 2024.   In order to be eligible for this fellowship CMB students must join a T32  Preceptor’s Laboratory and engage in research that has a significant computational or quantitative component.  Applications for fall 2020 will open in Spring 2020.

Current qCMB T32 Fellows:

Alissa Williams – Sloan Lab, Biology
Kailee Reed – Montgomery Lab, Biology
Sean Merriman – Argueso Lab, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Kristin Scott – Santangelo Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (NSF-GRFP)

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PhD students in their first or second year of graduate school are eligible to apply.  The deadline is in mid – October each year. The award is $34,000 a year for 3 years, plus tuition and additional funds for travel and supplies.

Current CMB NSF – GFRP Fellows:

Katy McIntyre – C. Argueso Lab, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Alissa Williams – Sloan Lab, Biology
Adam Heck – C. Wilusz Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Generating, Analyzing, and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information

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GAUSSI is an NSF – supported training program that brings CSU students from a variety of disciplines together to learn about generation and analysis of large biological datasets, such as those produced through DNA sequencing and biosensing.   Any CMB student can participate in GAUSSI activities during the 2019 / 20 academic year but the program will end in May 2020 and be superceded by qCMB.

Contact Kate Sherrill for more information.

CMB GAUSSI Fellows:

2018 – 19 Dayton Pierce – Hoerndli Lab, Biomedical Sciences
2017 – 18 Jessie Filer – Geiss Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
2016 – 17 Shea Moore-Farrell – Peebles Lab, Chemical and Biological Engineering
2015 – 16 Adam Heck – C. Wilusz Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission. The fellowship provides $150,000 over three years for stipend and tuition.

CMB NIJ Fellows:

2018 Heather Deel – Metcalf Lab, Animal Science

F31 The Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

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These predoctoral fellowships enable promising students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. Each award covers stipend, tuition and fees for up to three years.  Students are most competitive for this type of award after they have passed their preliminary exam.  Deadlines are April 8, August 8, December 8 each year.

Previous CMB F31 Fellows:

Sarah Kane – Zabel Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (2014 – 17)
Krystle Frahm – Tobet Lab, Biomedical Sciences (2013 – 14)
Sean Hammond – Tjalkens Lab, Biomedical Sciences (2016 – 17)
Katriana Popichak – Tjalkens Lab, Biomedical Sciences (2016 – 17)
Eric Tauchman – DeLuca Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2014 – 16)

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

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This scholarship is offered to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre – doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician – scientists or other clinician – scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.  Each award is for one to two years and covers stipend (~$24,000). Notably, this fellowship is open to international students as well as US citizens.  Deadline in July.

Previous CMB AHA Fellows:

Jerome Lee – C. Wilusz Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

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As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Fellowships support an annual stipend of $38,000 plus tuition and fees for up to three years.  The deadline is in early December.  The format of the application is similar to NSF. First and second year predoctoral students are eligible.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Predoctoral Fellowship

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The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) provides funding for single – function and integrated agricultural research, education, and extension efforts that address key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional and organic food and agriculture systems. Two – year Fellowships come with a stipend of up to $35,000 per year plus tuition and other benefits.  Students must have attained candidacy to be eligible.

Current CMB USDA-NIFA Fellow

Hannah Berry – C. Argueso Lab, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Boren Fellowships

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The Boren Awards promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion.  Therefore, preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of six months or longer.  However, applicants proposing overseas programs of three to six months, especially those in the STEM fields are encouraged to apply. The fellowship provides up to $24,000 for up to one year of overseas study. The deadline is in January each year

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

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The Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits and industry to serve the nation and the world. These fellowships are open to those who have completed their PhD degree and provide a stipend of $80 – 105,000 per year.

Previous CMB STP Fellows:

Peter Winter, PhD (2011) Roess Lab, Biomedical Sciences (LinkedIn)

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

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The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from four to nine months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit – based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Previous CMB Chateaubriand Fellow:

Jillian Lang, PhD (2016) Leach Lab, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (LinkedIn)

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowships

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The CMB Program supported a number of fellows through this training award which ended in Spring 2019.  GAANN Department of Education Fellows are encouraged to gain experience in teaching and complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate offered through The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT). The award provides a stipend based on financial need along with tuition and fees.

Previous CMB GAANN Teaching Fellows:

Vanessa Selwyn – Telling Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Stephanie Morphet – Belisle Lab, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Kristin Scott – Santangelo Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Kaitlin Doucette – Crans Lab, Chemistry
Victoria Harcy – Lucas Argueso Lab, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Kathy Cosenza – Mykles Lab, Biology
Kristen Brown – Montgomery Lab, Biology
Kaitlin Leddy – Stewart Lab, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Dayton Pierce – Hoerndli Lab, Biomedical Sciences
Kelly Hassell – Crans Lab, Chemistry
Alissa Williams – Sloan Lab, Biology
Melissa Edwards – Brown Lab, Clinical Sciences
Kate Rockenbach – Sloan Lab, Biology