Funding Available to Recuit new BCB Graduate Student for Spring, 2017

September 28, 2016

Fellowship/Assistantship available for
Spring, 2017 admission to
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) at Iowa State University

Funding to recruit new doctoral students to interdepartmental majors at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames for Spring 2017 has been announced.  BCB applicants must submit the on-line application and supporting materials through the ISU Admissions Office by October 20, 2016 to compete for the award.  Successful applicants will be notified by November 11, 2016. 


The fellowship/assistantship will fund a student for four years (excluding summers).  The stipend rate will be the advertised university minimum for a research assistantship which is currently $1900/month.  A supplemental amount may be added by a program or major professor to the stipend.  The award provides both a tuition scholarship and health insurance for the successful applicant.


Those admitted to BCB on this award will be able to take part in the rotations program as long as the selected rotation hosts and major professor are from one of the participating academic colleges.


BCB will soon decide whether the award is an assistantship or fellowship…The practical difference is that fellowships do not carry the expectation for 20 hours of research work/experiential learning per week.




1.  The appointee must begin as a doctoral student at Iowa State in Spring Semester, 2017.  Students who completed an undergraduate or graduate program at Iowa State are eligible, but students new to Iowa State are of particular interest, as are members of underrepresented groups.


2.  The student must major in one of these interdepartmental programs:


  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Biorenewable Resources and Technology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Gerontology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Immunobiology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Plant Biology
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Toxicology
  • Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy

3.  The student must have been recommended by the program for admission in full status.


4.  The academic college home of the student’s prospective major professor (or the professor the student chooses after rotations) must be in the College of Human Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (BCB has participating faculty in 3 of these colleges: CALS, Engineering and LAS.)


Caveat:  Students selected to receive these fellowships must be informed in the offer notification that the fellowship/assistantship will be discontinued if they change their major to one that is not an interdepartmental program affiliated with the same academic college as the program in which they began.  Similarly, the fellowship will be lost if a student changes major professors to one not affiliated with the academic college of their original major professor. 


Nominations:  BCB can nominate and receive two awards.   Nominations will include the academic background and strengths of the nominee, including GPA information, GRE general-test scores if available, and TOEFL scores if applicable.



These four positions have been made possible by a partnership between the Graduate College and four academic colleges at Iowa State University (College of Human Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) which are the colleges associated with the above interdepartmental majors.

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