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American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. The ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, applicants must:

Be formally admitted to a doctoral program in the microbiological sciences in an accredited U.S. institution
Have successfully completed the first year of the graduate program (first year graduate students cannot apply)
Have successfully completed all graduate coursework requirements for the doctoral degree by the date of activation of the fellowship
Be a student member of ASM
Be mentored by an ASM member
Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
Not have funding OR have funding that will expire by the start date of the fellowship


May 1

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: None

Graduate: PhD student

Award Type:
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Math, science, engineering

Additional Qualifications:
US citizen or permanent resident

Last Updated:
July 11, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17