Howard Hughes Medical Institute

2024 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the 2024 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition. This program seeks to increase diversity in the professoriate by supporting early career researchers who show exceptional promise of becoming academic scientists, which includes the potential to build and contribute to an equitable and inclusive scientific culture. Through their successful careers, Hanna Gray Fellows will move science forward and will recruit, mentor, and inspire the next generation of scientists from all backgrounds.

Fellows receive funding for their postdoctoral training and during their early career years as independent faculty, along with mentoring and support to help launch a successful career in academic science. Following the "people, not projects" philosophy of HHMI, fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own scientific curiosity for the duration of the award.

Competition Details

HHMI will select up to 25 fellows in the 2024 competition. Evaluation focuses on each applicant's unique career path and scientific contributions, and what each person will bring to their role as a future leader of a scientific research lab.

This grant competition is open to all eligible post-doctoral candidates in the basic biological and biomedical sciences in many scientific disciplines, at hundreds of institutions. No nomination is required.

Award amount: In total, fellows may receive up to $1.5 million over eight years.

Application deadline: February 28, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Mentor materials must be received by March 6, 2024.


You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a basic science researcher or physician-scientist in the biological and biomedical sciences in the many scientific disciplines that HHMI supports.
  • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher, led by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at an eligible institution in the US, including Puerto Rico, at the time of the application deadline.
  • will commit 75% of your total effort to research in a postdoctoral training position by the grant start date.
  • will commit to a minimum of two years of postdoctoral training in this position after the grant start date.
  • hold a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent), which is conferred by the start of the grant term.
    • If your training institution for your graduate degree is located in the US, including Puerto Rico, you may be of any nationality.
    • If your training institution for your graduate degree is not located in the US, you must be a US citizen or US national.
  • have no more than 24 months of postdoctoral research experience by the application due date.
    • If you are a PhD applicant, the date or anticipated date of conferral of your doctorate degree must be on or after February 29, 2022, and before January 15, 2025.
    • If you are an MD or MD/PhD applicant in residency, clinical fellowship, or postdoctoral training you can have no more than 24 months of postdoctoral training by the application deadline on February 28, 2024.

How to apply

Submit your application:

The 2024 application includes the following components:

  • A summary of your educational and research training record
  • A description of your PhD research, including up to 3 selected research articles
  • A questionnaire that we will send to your PhD advisor
  • Narrative statements regarding your commitment to becoming an academic researcher and building an inclusive lab culture, and how your lived experiences have informed your values, priorities, and career goals
  • Your postdoctoral research plan
  • A questionnaire for you and your postdoctoral mentor about the training plan and training environment
  • A curriculum vitae and lab census provided by your postdoctoral training mentor


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