Graduate Research Awards

Brown Institute for Brain Science Graduate Research Awards 2014

The Brown Institute for Brain Science invites applications for one-semester graduate research awards for the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters. These awards will support the stipend and fees of Ph.D. students pursuing interdisciplinary training in brain science. BIBS Graduate Research Awards are supported by the Dana Fund, the Reisman Fund, the Donner Foundation, the Frangista Fund, and the Macklin Bequest.

Brown Institute for Brain Science Graduate Research Awards are intended to support Ph.D. students who seek additional training and research experiences in order to conduct interdisciplinary brain science research. Priority will be given to applicants in their 2nd or 3rd year who propose innovative training experience that extend beyond the home graduate program. Such activities include taking courses outside the home graduate program curriculum or working in a lab outside the program to learn a new technique.

Priority will be given to applications that propose experiences that will bring new interdisciplinary approaches to the applicant’s thesis research or that develop new collaborations between laboratories. Applications that request support for ongoing research or existing collaborations will receive lower priority.

Activities that help students link the life sciences (molecular, cellular, systems, or behavioral) and the physical sciences (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry or engineering), or to bridge basic and clinical research are particularly encouraged. Some funding to BIBS is intended specifically to promote research related to neurodegenerative disease and we welcome applications in this area.

Applicants must include a cover sheet with their applications. To apply, students should submit a one-page description of the interdisciplinary nature of their research interests and a description of the proposed activities during the award period.  In addition, applications must include a one-page statement of support from the faculty sponsor that describes how the student's course of study during the semester will advance their pursuit of interdisciplinary brain research and augment their training. Applications will be reviewed based on innovation and creativity in the interdisciplinary research project and how strongly the proposed semester activities support the student's training goals.

The Brown Institute for Brain Science reserves the right to award partial support in order to support a greater number of students.

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.  Submit applications to Please use the subject line “Brain Science Graduate Research Award 2014".