Genome Training Grant: Predoctoral Applicants

Current Application Deadline: 7/10/17

Thank you for your interest in a predoctoral fellowship in genomic sciences. The fellowships are offered under the terms of an NIH NRSA Training Grant. The aim of the program is to train individuals from a variety of disciplines to cope effectively with the contemporary and future challenges posed by genome analysis. The program is designed to educate and stimulate trainees at the interface of biological, physical, engineering, and computational sciences. Trainees will be trained to focus on the development and/or application of new tools to genome analysis. These tools include new chemistries, instruments, computer hardware or software for the analysis of DNA and proteins.

The program is housed at the University of Washington, and includes representatives from several UW departments, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Benaroya Research Institute in its training faculty. A list of training faculty and their research interests is available. The training grant supports 13 predoctoral trainees per year. Eight of these slots are awarded through the competitive process described below. The fellowships are awarded for one year and are renewable for a total of two years of support, subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.

Please note that students who have previously been supported by the Genome Training Grant (through the slots designated for Genome Sciences) are not eligible to apply for continued funding via one of these open slots.

All genome training grant (GTG) predoctoral trainees receive a stipend at the NIH-designated level, tuition operating fees, and graduate student appointee health insurance (for more information, see Terms and Conditions). Faculty mentors should be aware that supplemental salary amounts must come from non-federal funds.

In order to be eligible for a predoctoral fellowship under this program, you must meet the following conditions:

1. You must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Washington.

2. You must be carrying out your thesis research in a participating faculty member’s laboratory.

3. You must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

The GTG advisory committee will select awardees on the basis of the caliber of their past academic and research performance, their motivation and potential for interdisciplinary research, and the relevance of their proposed project to genome analysis.

Applications for predoctoral fellowships on the GTG are accepted as slots become available each year (training grant faculty will be notified as slots open up). Application materials are available as word or PDF documents on this website. In addition to the application form, you will need to submit a brief research proposal, CV, unofficial graduate transcript, and two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from your thesis advisor. The other may be from any faculty member at the UW or elsewhere.

Send these materials to Brian Giebel, who assists in the administration of the training grant, via email (bgiebel [ a t ] uw.edu).

Your application for the NIH-fellowship will be considered by the committee, and all applicants will be notified about the status of their application.

Evan Eichler, Ph.D.
Willie Swanson, Ph.D.
Directors, Genome Training Grant