How to Apply

The application process consists of an online application form and supporting documents submitted via email. Please follow the instructions below carefully, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

For students who have not previously received HHMI support (new applicants and resubmissions):

  • Submit the online Application Form.
  • Send the proposal as an email attachment to HHMI@umd.edu. The proposal should be a single file in MS Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Portable Data Format (.pdf) format. The name of the file should include the applicant's last name. Proposals should consist of the following items in this order:
  1. Personal statement of applicant's long-term goals and the projected impact of the HHMI fellowship upon the attainment of those goals (1 page).
  2. Proposal abstract (200 words or less) describing the proposed research in terms easily understood by a non-specialist.
  3. Proposal narrative (no more than 3 pages single spaced, excluding references) describing the rationale for the proposed research, the methods to be used, and how results will be analyzed and interpreted. 
  4. Budget consisting of an itemized list of materials and supplies and a brief explanation of why these things are necessary for the completion of the proposed research, not to exceed $1,000.
  5. Applicant's university transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient; may be cut and pasted from Testudo).
  6. Applicant's curriculum vitae (listing education, jobs, internships, research experience, extracurricular activities, etc.).
  • A letter of support that addresses the student's qualifications and indicates the faculty mentor's willingness to supervise the proposed research activities should be submitted separately to HHMI@umd.edu by the mentor.

For current HHMI fellows wishing to renew their award:

  • Submit the online Application Form.
  • Send the proposal as an email attachment to HHMI@umd.edu. The proposal should be a single file in MS Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Portable Data Format (.pdf) format. The name of the file should include the applicants last name. Proposals should consist of the following items in this order:
  1. Proposal narrative (no more than 3 pages) summarizing the achievements of the previous fellowship term (including research findings, presentations and publications) and research plans for the upcoming fellowship term. If the applicant wishes to be considered for an international research supplement, the proposal must detail the planned international experience and how it will complement campus-based research activities.
  2. Budget consisting of an itemized list of materials and supplies, not to exceed $1,000.
  3. University transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient).
  4. Faculty mentor letter of continued support (may be submitted separately by the mentor).

 

Application deadlines:

The application deadline is February 15. New awards are announced approximately 6 weeks after submission deadlines.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Kaci Thompson, Director
HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
1313 Symons Hall
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

HHMI@umd.edu
301-405-3353