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Gilliam Fellowship

Provides support for study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in a biological science field.


The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study provide full support for up to five years of study toward a Ph.D. for outstanding students who are from groups underrepresented in the sciences or from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Gilliam fellows attend the university of their choice and work alongside distinguished scientists.  Chosen for their academic excellence and scientific potential, they will become the leaders of a new generation of biomedical researchers.  The fellowships honor the legacy of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who devoted his life to fostering excellence and diversity in education and science.


SEE ALSO:  Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Selection Criteria

Gilliam Fellowships are awarded on the basis of the candidate’s promise as a scientific investigator, as reflected by evidence such as academic records, relevant education and personal experience, previous accomplishment and goals, research experience, proposed plan of research and study, references, and scores attained on the GRE general test.


Applicants must:

  • Be past participants in the HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), regardless of country of origin or nationality;

  • Be graduating seniors or recent baccalaureate recipients (within two years) who have completed no more than one year of Ph.D. training;

  • Enroll full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in a biological science field.  Former EXROP students pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. degree may apply, but fellowship supports only Ph.D. portion of the studies. 


The total award for each Gilliam Fellow is generally $44,000 per year.  The annual stipend is $27,000.  In addition, HHMI provides an annual fellow’s allowance of $3,500, which can be used for books and supplies, journal subscriptions, a computer and computer-related expenses, travel to scientific meetings, professional fees or dues, tuition for special summer courses, or other purposes relevant to a fellow’s studies.  HHMI also provides an annual institutional allowance of $13,500 in lieu of tuition, assessed fees, and health insurance for the fellow.


Up to five years.

For more information:

Gilliam Fellowship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)