GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is now accepting applications from eligible Ph.D. students for the prestigious GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowship Program for 2017/18, funded by the Department of Education.


Our GAANN Program provides professional development and advanced training in research and teaching for doctoral students, along with community building and mentorship. GAANN Fellows receive an annual stipend of up to $32,000 (based on your FAFSA submission), plus an additional research/travel support fund of $1,000. The 2017/18 award period is September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. For more information, please review the eligibility and application requirements below and visit our website:


Application materials are due no later than Monday, July 3, 2017.



GAANN fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time enrollment in our Chemistry Ph.D. program (*2nd–4th year students are invited to apply, but priority will be given to 2nd and 3rd year students)
  • Excellent academic record
  • Expressed career interests in research and/or education
  • Demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal guidelines (FAFSA)



A complete application consists of five items:

  1. A current curriculum vitae or resume
  2. A personal statement describing the following (2 page limit):
    • research experiences
    • teaching and mentoring experiences
    • career goals
  1. A statement describing your contributions to diversity, namely:
    • Significant and unusual educational, social, cultural, economic, or other barriers you have had to overcome in pursuit of your education. Detail (1) the challenge(s) as well as any unique insights, perspectives or skills you gained while overcoming specific challenge(s), and (2) how overcoming the aforementioned challenge will enable you to contribute to the department and campus community in a unique and positive manner that enhances diversity.

(Note: This statement (Item 3) is a required component of the San Diego Fellowship Program.)

  1. A brief written statement from your Faculty Research Advisor indicating that you have made satisfactory progress in your research project(s), and that (s)he supports your participation in the GAANN program if you are selected as a Fellow.
  2. A completed  2017-2018 FAFSA form: In your submission, you must list UCSD (Title IV Code: 001317). To expedite the processing of your GAANN application, you must forward your FAFSA confirmation email to Asmaa Khatib ( which indicates your “EFC”. (Note: Acceptance of subsidized loans and other fellowships will reduce the financial need and possible eligibility for GAANN. Teaching or research assistantships may be coupled with a GAANN fellowship.)


The GAANN application can be found here. More info on application eligibility is available here. Please send application materials #4 and #5 to Asmaa Khatib ( no later than the July 3rd deadline.


Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck!

. Postdoctoral Fellowship – Stanford

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities – Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows.

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program is an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training program at Stanford University that brings together 33 faculty mentors from 14 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. SMIS faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics, biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. The centerpiece of the SMIS program is the opportunity for trainees (PhD or MD with an emphasis on PhD) to conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. SMIS trainees also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, including ethics training and the responsible conduct of research. The three-year program culminates with the preparation and review of a mock NIH grant proposal, in support of trainee transition to an independent career in cancer molecular imaging.

1. Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree
2. Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Application Deadline: July 17, 2017

Please visit the SMIS Website —>

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: Nov 1

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline: November 1, 2016. Every year the program selects 30 Fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. Fellows also join an extraordinary community of past recipients that includes over 550 New Americans working at the tops of their respective fields. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. More information and the online application can be found at


We wanted to share two new resources on our website that we hope will help applicants as they prepare their applications:

  1. Recommendation Guide:
  2. Optional Exhibits Guide:


We get a lot of questions about these two components of our website so we wanted to shed some light on them for applicants and advisors. The Recommendation Guide includes 11 pieces of advice about recommendations from 2016 Fellows who represent different applicant profiles that will want to approach recommendations in different ways. For example, one Fellow had been out of college for several years so she explains who she got recommendations from. Another Fellow talks about how they asked different recommenders to focus on different aspects of them as a candidate for the fellowship. Lots of good advice in there!


We also have online webinar information sessions coming up, which students can find via this link.


Ford Foundation Fellowship

Deadline: Nov 17 (predoctoral) and Nov 10 (dissertation)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities

Stipends and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral–$24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation–$25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral–$45,000 for one year

Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Approximately 60 predoctoral, 30 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: November 17, 2016
  • Dissertation: November 10, 2016
  • Postdoctoral: November 10, 2016

For Further information please contact:

Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.334.2872
Fax: 202.334.3419

Fellowship Opportunity for <5 years from PhD – Power of Information

I am writing to you to tell you about a new Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) program: Templeton Independent Research Fellowships in the Power of Information. We would appreciate if you would share this announcement with others who may be interested.

TWCF will award up to three fellowships in 2016. Each Fellowship will provide financial support of up to $110,000 per year for up to three years, tenable at any recognized university or research institution in the world. Since 2013, TWCF has funded nearly a dozen research projects around the world which have used the concept of information to understand the world more fully. The concept of information offers a promising pathway for comprehending both micro- and macro-level phenomena within a single idea. The purpose of the Templeton Independent Research Fellowship is to facilitate ongoing scientific research by exceptional early-career scholars who are likely to establish themselves as prominent researchers in their fields.

Fellows must hold a PhD by the beginning of their Fellowship, although they need not have completed their degree when submitting their application. Applicants must apply within five full-time-equivalent research years of completing their PhD program. Newly graduated PhDs are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered from scholars who identify with any of the following disciplines: mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, electrical engineering, or the philosophy of science. Applications are welcome from scholars of any nationality.

Applications for the 2016 round of Fellowships close on Sunday 28 August 2016. Just click on for more information about the program and instructions for applying.

Please email any enquiries about the Fellowship to

Funding Opportunity – NIH NIBIB Training Program Info Session – April 6th

Dear Ph.D. Students,

Are you interested in exceptional interdisciplinary research opportunities supported by NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)?


Information Session

Wed., April 6, 3pm

Location: Bioengineering Hall, 4th floor, Room 489 “Zweifach Library”

Attend an information session with Dr. Andrew McCulloch, Program Director for UCSD Interfaces Graduate Training Program, Distinguished Professor and Jacobs Distinguished Scholar, Department of Bioengineering.

RSVP to for Info session on UCSD Interfaces Program.

Applications are now being accepted (deadline May4, 2016) – see the Interfaces Program website:

The Interfaces Graduate Training Program at UCSD was established in 2005. It is a specialization and is currently available to Ph.D. students in Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Biological Sciences.  Our program provides unique interdisciplinary graduate training at the interfaces between the biological, health, physical and engineering sciences. The training program has been made possible with the support of grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at NIH.

The program’s goals are:

  1. Focused Collaboration across participating degree program at UCSD to train a new generation of cross-disciplinary scientist.
  2. State-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Training through a technology-centered hands-on graduate laboratory course curriculum.
  3. Novel Emphasis on Research aimed at integrative and quantitative analysis across multiple scales of biological organization from molecule to organism in health and disease.

Fellowship Opportunities

Student applications received will be reviewed for eligibility to funding opportunities available. The training program has support of a grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at NIH.

CO-ADD Chemistry Prize

The University of Queensland in Australia for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) CO-ADD Chemistry Prize is a competition open to all academic researchers and students worldwide, who can submit an abstract on their chemistry research, and an optional video on how chemistry can fight the war on superbugs and help find the next antibiotic.

Four prizes will be awarded based on the diversity of compounds chemists can produce. We offer a prize pool of US$5,500  to go towards sample preparation costs. The entries will be judged by an international panel of chemists and microbiologists, and we also have a people’s choice category.

Closing date for applications: January 15, 2016.

Entries and vote at

Kind regards,

Mathilde DESSELLE MEng MEcon | Marketing and Outreach Manager


CO-ADD Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery   

Institute for Molecular Biosciences|The University of Queensland | St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

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Women in Technology – Director of Life Sciences