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The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship

Application Deadline- July 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship is a fully-funded, collaborative PhD program for independent, committed graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or abroad. Required course work at the student’s home university must be completed before joining Janelia. Degrees are granted by the home university.

Graduate students conduct research in the following fields:

  • Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience
  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
  • Evolution & Genetics
  • Instrumentation & Computational Tool Development
  • Neuronal Cell Biology
  • Optical Physics & Imaging
  • Structural Biology & Biochemistry
  • Theory & Computational Neuroscience

Students will conduct research at Janelia for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years and will work with one or more research mentors at Janelia who will provide scientific and career guidance.

Janelia’s laboratories are intentionally small, giving graduate students individualized attention from a variety of senior scientists. Each visiting student will be paired with a research mentor.

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship

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