2012 call for graduate student trainee applications

January 17, 2012

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) is now accepting applications for two (2) Graduate student fellows to be funded by the HSCI’s NIH Training Grant.

Training Grant appointments cover the following costs:
•  Stipend (amount determined by NIH guidelines)
•  60% of tuition and fees (up to $16,000 per year)
•  Travel support to attend one major conference per year
•  Some training-related expenses (as determined by HSCI) and health insurance

Eligible applicants must already be working under an HSCI-affiliated PI at the time of application. During their appointments, trainees will work in the lab of an HSCI Principal Investigator and will have a team of mentors to guide their work. The trainee’s primary mentor will be determined by the HSCI-affiliated lab in which they conduct their research. Other mentors may be assigned by the Training Grant Committee. 

Graduate Student Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must fulfill ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
•  Applicants must already be working in an HSCI-affiliated lab in order to apply for this opportunity.
•  A graduate applicant who has received Kirschstein-NRSA support in the past is not eligible if he/she has received more than three (3) years of support.
•  Graduate applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution by the beginning of the appointment (anticipated start date will be July 1, 2012) and be enrolled in a Harvard University graduate program that will lead to a PhD in science.  Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the graduate programs in which they are enrolled. Appointments are for a minimum of one year with an expectation of reappointment for an additional year. Applicants must be able to commit full-time (35-40 hours per week) for the duration of this program.
•  Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support.
•  Applicants’ proposed work, if utilizing human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), must use federally recognized and approved lines only. 
Appointed graduate student trainees will be responsible for completing the following during their training term:

1.    Develop a training plan, along with at least three mentors (PI Mentor and Thesis Committee)
2.    Work on the training plan and research in the lab of their PI Mentor
3.    Create a final research project
4.    Receive instruction on Responsible Conduct of Research and training in the research of Human Subjects.
5.    Complete the HSCI “Topics in Stem Cell Science” seminar
6.    Attend HSCI-hosted events and talks
7.    Complete three (3) additional courses in stem cell and regenerative biology, with a strong recommendation that one (1) be a non-scientific course and that at least one (1) be through the Harvard Dept. of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB)
8.    Participate in educational research-related activities
9.    Attend one major stem cell conference per year of appointment
10.    Give an oral presentation of work annually at an HSCI Training Grant forum
11.    Participate in career development opportunities (speaking and poster opportunities, career development courses)
12.    Optional: All trainees are also encouraged to conduct original and significant research and publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals; and actively participate in school-age (secondary) education opportunities

Application Process:
Please submit the following to:
•  Current Curriculum Vitae & List of Publications
•  Proposed Project Description (3 pages max, including references)

Please have 2 letters of recommendation submitted.  One letter must be from the PI/Primary Mentor/HSCI Principal Faculty member in whose lab the applicant will conduct their research.  Letters are to be submitted directly by the recommenders, using this link:

Please contact Rebekah Coble, HSCI Grants Manager, at rebekah_coble@harvard.edu, 617-496-3652, with any questions. 

MARCH 5, 2012, 5pm


See also: 2012, Announcement