Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowships


HHMI's International Student Research Fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.

UT Austin is one of 61 research universities invited to participate in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute pre-doctoral fellowship program to support international students working in biomedical or related areas. Eligible biomedical-related fields include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, and pharmacy -- as well as interdisciplinary research.

HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international students to support years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. The awards include a stipend of $30,000, plus a $3,000 personal allowance for health care, etc., plus a $10,000 Institutional Allowance towards tuition, etc. They anticipate making about 50 of these awards for the coming year. UT Austin will be allowed to nominate no more than 7 students (last year 2 of our nominees received awards).

About the Fellowship

  • Participation is by invitation only.
  • Students must be in the 3rd or 4th year of a Ph.D. program in the biomedical or related sciences at a designated nominating institution to activate the fellowship.
  • Students in the 1st, 2nd, or 5th year of their Ph.D. program cannot activate the fellowship.
  • In no case will support past year 5 of the Ph.D. program be provided.

Eligible students are international graduate students in the biomedical or related sciences who:

  • have demonstrated exceptional talent for research,
  • are in the second (or third) year of graduate study,
  • have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research, and
  • are not U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.

Nomination Process

All nominations for HHMI International Student Research Fellowships are submitted by the graduate adviser or graduate coordinator using the online Graduate School Awards System that can be accessed from EASI. Note: If you cannot find the link in EASI, you can try linking directly to the "GCD Grad School Fellowships" page in EASI. If you are not allowed access there, you are not authorized. Contact Shannon Neuse in Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC) for graduate coordinator authorization, or Gwen Barton in the Graduate School for graduate adviser authorization.

We will contact each eligible program inviting them to SUBMIT up to TWO nominees using the Graduate School's Online Award submission system. The graduate adviser or graduate coordinator will need to enter the student's UT EID, answer one question and upload a supporting nomination letter. Students who have been nominated are notified and then may access the awards application to provide their preferred contact information and asked to upload their curriculum vita (CV) and brief statement of their research. The completed nominations need to be entered into the awards system by the local deadline.

HHMI encourages institutions to submit a competitive and diverse set of nominees in terms of gender, country of citizenship, research area, and department/program affiliation. No preference will be given to students who are working in an HHMI laboratory or who are under the mentorship of an HHMI investigator or HHMI early career scientist. The applicants will be evaluated on their GRE and TOEFL scores, their personal statement, awards and honors, as well as their research record and publications.

The Graduate School will review the list of nominees and forward the names of 7 students felt to be most competitive to HHMI before their deadline. Once HHMI has received the names, emails and other important information about each nominee, they will contact the students directly and convey to them instructions for submitting an online application. It is the student's responsibility to submit a complete application to HHMI by their spring deadline. Institutions and applicants will be notified of the outcome that summer with fellowships to begin September 1.


OCTOBER 26, 2015
Program nominations due to Graduate School

NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Institutional nomination deadline

FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Nominee's application deadline

JUNE 2016
Award notification

Fellowships begin

Did You Know?

Applications for Graduate School fellowships are not accepted directly from students. ONLY Graduate Programs submit nominations.

Department Fellowships
Students seeking fellowships should contact the graduate coordinator in their program to determine if there are college or department fellowships available.

Other UT Fellowships
There are also some additional fellowships offered within UT which may be of interest to you.

External Fellowships
Students can apply directly for external fellowships or grants.

Presenting at a conference?

Talk to your graduate adviser or coordinator about the Graduate School’s Professional Development Awards to help offset the cost of travel.

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