The new International Student Research Fellowships sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will support talented science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth year of graduate school.
HHMI’s fellowship program seeks to address a huge problem: international students often have difficulty securing funding for their studies. Most federal education and training grants, state scholarships, and other stipends are only for U.S. citizens.
“HHMI’s educational training program is about finding the best talent, regardless of where the students are from,” says HHMI President Robert Tjian, who first conceived of the new fellowship.
The fellowship awards are each worth $43,000. Sixty research institutions that collaborate with HHMI were eligible to nominate between one and ten graduate students for the fellowships.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews