Grants, Fellowships, Travel Funding, and Awards

Grants and Fellowships

You are encouraged to apply for pre-doctoral research funding. As part of the Hypothesis Design and Scientific Writing course, you will craft an NIH-style grant that many students go on to submit to funding agencies. Obtaining such funding is a great addition to your resume and offsets some costs from your mentor. As an added incentive, you will receive a $2000 bonus to your stipend for every year you are on the fellowship.

The GDBBS maintains an extensive list of resources for grant and fellowship-granting agencies and related resources. [LINK]

Common fellowships BCDB students apply for:

If you would like the opportunity to pursue more training in teaching, the Emory Center for Science Education provides information on teaching fellowships and programs, which many BCDB students have taken advantage of.

Travel Funding

If you are presenting your own research (i.e. you are the first author) as a talk or poster at a meeting, you are entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses. Several sources of funding are available to you, and you must start the process before the reimbursed travel occurs. Each source has different amounts available for different types of costs, so plan accordingly.

Funding sources:

  • GSC Travel Grants - Up to $250 for one trip, once per year, only two trips over your graduate career at Emory.
  • LGS Professional Development Support Funds - Up to $1000 ($650 pre-candidacy) per academic year, total of $2500 over your graduate career at Emory.
  • Your mentor
  • Personal grants and fellowships - often fellowships will have some money available for travel

Keep all e-mails and documents related to applying for and receiving travel funding, and keep all original receipts from your meeting-related expenditures. Complete the reimbursement process as soon as possible after you return from your trip.

If you have any questions about this process, contact Margie Varnado in the GDBBS office.

Awards

BCDB Training Grant

The BCDB Program is funded in part by an NIH NRSA T32 Institutional Training Grant for >20 years. Each year, the program selects 7 students to be supported by this grant for 1-2 years. Students are chosen by the Executive Committee based on their mentor's recommendation, grades, test scores, and academic history. Preference is given to students in their second year and nominees must be U.S. nationals or permanent residents. Trainees are responsible for running the monthly journal club and organizing the BCMB Symposium Series which brings prominent scientists and speakers to Emory to discuss their research, career, and provide mentoring advice. Though students do not receive a stipend bonus for this, they do have limited funds available for a laptop, research, or travel.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)

The Atlanta Chapter of ARCS offers scholarships for scientists and engineers in specific programs at Emory (including GDBBS), Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, and University of Georgia. To be eligible, BCDB students must be nominated by the program, have a 3.5 GPA, and be a U.S. citizen. Program nominees compete with others from Emory by submitting a research summary paragraph and giving a 15-min research presentation in lay terms. Funding availability and duration varies each year.