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We are now accepting applications. Please submit your materials by July 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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Application Materials

All candidates submit the following materials:

  • Applicant contact information
  • Educational history including name of all colleges and universities attended, dates of attendance, and degree(s) obtained
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • List of relevant honors, awards, and professional activities
  • Current funding sources
  • Research experiences, including dates, project summary, names of scientific/research advisors, and the applicant’s role in the project
  • List of publications, oral presentations and posters, if applicable
  • A personal statement describing career goals, how a fellowship at Janelia will further those goals, any educational or personal experiences relevant to those goals, as well as any significant (scientific or other) accomplishments
  • Research proposal (with literature cited).  This should be an example of a project the applicant might undertake at Janelia, but not necessarily a commitment to a dissertation project
  • Three letters of reference (uploaded directly via Janelia’s web-based application system).  Recommendation letters should be solicited from those who can best assess the applicant’s potential as a scientist.   Please note that one of the letters should be from the applicant’s current mentor.

Selection and Evaluation Process

Fellowships will be awarded based on the candidate’s scientific accomplishments and potential.  Selection of successful candidates will take into consideration letters of reference; academic records; relevant educational, research and personal experiences; future goals and the impact a fellowship at Janelia would have on those goals; and the merits of the student’s proposed research plan.

A group of top candidates will be invited for an interview symposium at Janelia.  During this symposium, candidates will give short talks about their research experiences, interests and goals.  They will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential mentors and other group leaders, graduate students, and the fellowship management team.  Successful candidates will be selected after the interview and notified soon thereafter.