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National Institutes of Health Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program

The heart of biotechnology is at the Engineering-Life Science interface, where biological problems are amenable to engineering tools, and biology is becoming more quantitative. As Engineers become more and more familiar with biology and start applying analytical solutions to biological problems, students need to be trained in interdisciplinary research so they can gain from direct interactions at the engineering-life science interface. Nowhere is this more evident than at the biomolecular level.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continues it's National Institutes of Health training program for doctoral students in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. The grant, along with matching funds from Rensselaer, provides funding for six Ph.D. candidates annually. The program is conducted jointly with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health and involves more than 20 faculty from both institutions. The fellowships cover full tuition and provide a stipend of up to $23,000 annually for two years. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

Who Can Apply?
  • 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 or already enrolled in the Ph.D. program in one of the participating departments at Rensselaer; Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry & Chemical Biology.
  • 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.
How to Apply
  • 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.
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, BT 2221
Troy, NY 12180-3590
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