Fellowship and Grant Opportunities

External Fellowships

Students are encouraged to apply for national competitive fellowships, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Entering Student Opportunities

When applying to DBBS, applicants can also be considered for two internal fellowships - the Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Studies and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships.

Fellowship Opportunities for Admitted Students

William H. Danforth Plant Sciences Fellowship

This fellowship seeks to foster a culture of intellectual entrepreneurship focused on research, leadership, and innovation in the general area of Plant Science.  Plant Science bridges diverse areas of research ranging from agriculture to medicine and from energy production to climate change.  The fellowship is open to first-year Washington University graduate students in any DBBS affiliated laboratory with a thesis project in the general area of plant science.

Selected students will receive a 4-year fellowship to cover yearly stipend plus $2,000 additional per year for project supplies, meeting attendance, and research-related travel.  Danforth Fellows will be expected to complete their program courses, take the Fellows Gateway Course (advanced elective), participate in additional Career Development Activities, and finish a Ph.D. thesis.

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Interdisciplinary Training in Mechanobiology

The MBnc Training Program crosses traditional disciplines, including basic science as well as engineering, and spans multiple length scales.  This breadth is essential to high-quality training in mechanobiology, and it provides both opportunities and challenges.  Students apply for this grant following their first year.  For application information, please visit the website

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

The USDA-NIFA-AFRI program provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences.  Students interested in the predoctoral fellowships need to be past the thesis proposal stage in their training.  Students who meet the criteria will apply in the spring of their third year and receive funding for the fourth and fifth. For more information, visit their website.