HHMI International Research Fellowships

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship program supports outstanding international pre-doctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of 61 research universities invited to participate in a HHMI 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 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 and a $10,000 institutional allowance toward tuition and related costs. About 50 awards are offered each year, and UT Austin may nominate no more than seven students.

To be eligible, students must have demonstrated exceptional talent for research, be in the second (or third) year of graduate study, and have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research.


All nominations for HHMI International Student Research Fellowships must be submitted by a graduate adviser or coordinator using the online Graduate School Awards System, accessible in EASI. Graduate coordinators may contact Shannon Neuse for access assistance. Graduate advisers may contact Nancy Riley.

The graduate adviser or coordinator will need to enter the student's UT EID, answer one question and upload a supporting nomination letter. Nominees are then notified and asked to supply their contact information and upload their CV and a brief research statement. Completed nominations must 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, and 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 seven students deemed most competitive to HHMI before its deadline. Once HHMI has received the names, email addresses and other important information of each nominee, it 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 the spring deadline. Institutions and applicants will be notified of the outcome during the summer, with fellowships to begin Sept. 1.