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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

International Student Research Fellowship for 2016-17

UMN Internal Deadline:  12:00 noon, October 14, 2015

Interested students must apply through the Graduate Fellowship Office to request University nomination.  If awarded nomination, the student will be provided a link to complete the HHMI ISRF National Application in early 2016.


To support outstanding international graduate students who are ineligible for fellowship or training grant support through federal agencies, and whose research projects are in a biomedical or other discipline directly related to the life sciences.  The University of Minnesota has been invited to submit 10 nominations for the 2016-17 competition.

  • Up to three years of funding (supports years three, four, and five of a PhD program).
  • 2016–2017 fellowship year: $30,000 stipend, plus an allowance for tuition and health insurance fees.

To apply for nomination by the University of Minnesota, the applicant must:

  • NOT be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • be registered for graduate credit at the University of Minnesota and currently in the second or third year of a doctoral program in a field related to the biomedical sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.  If the research area falls outside the biomedical or related sciences, the thesis project must be related to biomedical science and the advisor or co-advisor must have a strong biomedical component to his/her research as well.
  • have entered the laboratory in which the dissertation research will be conducted.
  • provide three strong letters of reference from faculty who can attest, in specific detail, to the innovativeness, creativity, and research potential of the applicant.

What will I need to complete my application for nomination?

Apply Electronically

Selection Criteria

The review and selection will be conducted by University of Minnesota faculty, which will select the nominees based on the following criteria, as taken from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website:

"Fellows will be chosen based on their promise as a scientific investigator.  Many factors will be assessed. The most influential will be the candidate’s summary of his or her thesis research and the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated by the student.  Also important will be recommendation letters, which give evidence of the candidate’s talent as a scientific leader and innovator, and the mentoring plan by the thesis adviser."


Applicants will be notified, in writing, by early November.

Information from the HHMI Website:

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship Instructions for Nominees

General Application Feedback from HHMI

HHMI ISRF Frequently Asked Questions