Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellowship Program

Ohio State University has been invited to nominate up to ten international graduate students for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's International Student Research Fellowships program.

Nominated students must be in biomedical and related science graduate programs (including the physical and mathematical sciences). Nominations will be coordinated through the Graduate School.

The HHMI fellowship program is designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international pre-doctoral students who are ineligible for fellowships or training grant support through federal agencies.

Fifty-nine research universities, including Ohio State, have been invited to submit nominations. The number of nominations each of these universities has been invited to submit is “based on the number of recent graduates in all relevant doctoral programs.”

Ohio State has been invited to submit 10 nominations. Forty awards have been projected nationally for this HHMI fellowship awards cycle.

Description of award
  • Up to three years of support to fund dissertation research. Students on HHMI fellowships, however, cannot be employed to work in any capacity beyond the pursuit of their own dissertation research
  • Stipend of $30,000 per year while allowing local programs to supplement such stipends if they so choose
  • An additional $3,000 per year student allowance (not to be used for tuition)
  • Eligible international students must presently be in their second or third year of graduate study, and they must already be working in the laboratory where their dissertation research will be conducted. Nominees cannot be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Nomination process
  • The Graduate School will oversee the internal vetting process for Ohio State's nominees for the HHMI fellowships. While the Graduate School will not limit the number of nominations that a program can submit, graduate programs should nominate only the very best candidates.
  • The Graduate School will appoint a representative vetting committee, composed of five graduate faculty from those programs eligible for the HHMI fellowships, to choose Ohio State’s nominees in a process that mirrors our Presidential fellowship competition.
  • Graduate programs must submit their nominations for the HHMI fellowship program to the Graduate School by the announced deadline.
  • Ohio State will submit its list of up to ten nominees to the HHMI.
  • Once nominations have been submitted, the HHMI will deal directly with the nominee to complete the application process.
  • Completed applications for Ohio State's nominees must be submitted by the nominees directly to the HHMI, via the web.
Award announcement
  • The HHMI’s International Student Research Fellowship Awards will be announced in June.
Required nomination materials

The nomination materials should be compiled in the following order:

  • Nominee contact information, including name, email address, and graduate program
  • Documentation of nominee’s eligibility (proof of international student status, year in program, and laboratory mentor)
  • Documentation of the nominee’s metrics, including scores from the GRE/MCAT and TOEFL, as applicable, and a copy of the student’s Ohio State graduate transcript or advising report
  • A professional vita, including the nominee’s educational history, research experience, publications, honors, awards, professional activities, etc.
  • A description of the nominee’s intended dissertation research, including a discussion of its significance, creativity, and innovation. This should be limited to five double-spaced pages in length, including a required synthetic abstract
  • Two letters of reference. A letter from the student’s advisor/lab mentor is required; one from the program’s graduate studies committee chair is suggested.
  • The information listed above should be posted in the nomination system as a single PDF document.

Questions should be directed to Katherine Eckstrand, director of fellowship services, or Scott Herness, associate dean, at (614) 247-7293.

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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