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NIH-NIGMS Training Fellowships NIH-NIGMS Training Fellowships
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health for training doctoral students in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. The grant, along with matching funds from Rensselaer, will provide funding for six Ph.D. candidates annually. The program will be conducted jointly with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health and will involve 20 faculty from both institutions. The fellowships will cover full tuition and provide a stipend of up to $22,000 annually for two years. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

 Participating Faculty

What Is NIGMS?

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By supporting basic biomedical research and training nationwide, NIGMS lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admits qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability.

Participating Departments

Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Candidate Profile

  • Must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. for the NIGMS fellowships.
  • Applicant must possess strong undergraduate/ graduate GPA and GRE scores.
  • Applicant must be qualified for admission to the Ph.D. program in one of the participating departments at Rensselaer.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a strong interest and research potential in biomolecular science and/or engineering.
  • Applicant must provide at least two letters of recommendation in support of the fellowship application.

Student Application Process

  • Secure faculty recommendations that demonstrate your potential for success at Rensselaer and qualifications for the NIGMS Fellowship.
  • Submit application materials to Graduate Admissions. In your statement of background and goals, make it clear that you are interested in the NIGMS Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program.
  • Additionally, notify the Training Grant Executive Committee that you are interested in the NIH fellowship by registering online.


Fall Entrance
Review of applications commences in December. Final decisions will be made by March 15 of the following year.

NIH Training Grant Program Contact

Eric Schultz, Training Program Coordinator
NIH Training Grant Executive Committee
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590 USA
(518) 276-2666