Summer Fellowships and Student Research, 2016

During the Summer of 2016, the Biological Sciences will offer summer fellowship opportunities to support student research with a faculty mentor. Fellowships may include: Life Sciences Fellowships, INBRE Fellowships {Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence} and Bowdoin Scientific Station (BSS) Fellowships.  

Bowdoin Scientific Station (BSS) Fellowships: Fellowships are available to support summer research at the College's biological research station on Kent Island, in Canada's Bay of Fundy. BSS Fellowships support field studies in a variety of disciplines (e.g., biology/ecology, geology, oceanography, and chemistry). It is expected that research conducted with BSS Fellowship support will culminate in an Advanced Independent Study or Honors in one of the natural sciences or in Environmental Studies. The BSS Summer Fellowship Program lasts for 8 weeks. A stipend of $2,200 plus transportation, meals, and lodging at Kent Island are provided. A parallel fellowship program at BSS is offered for the arts and humanities. Students interested in applying for a fellowship should contact the BSS Interim Director, Don Dearborn (email: ddearbor@bates.edu, phone: 207-786-6107). Click here for more information on Kent Island.

Bowdoin College Fellowships in the Life Sciences: Funds donated to the College will support 8, 9 or 10 week fellowships for students wishing to conduct independent research in the life sciences during the summer.  In addition to students working with faculty in the biological sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience), students working on biological problem in the physical sciences and mathematics are eligible for these fellowships.  Students will receive a stipend of $400/week and subsidized college housing, as well as funds to cover research supplies. On campus housing is on a first come first served basis.

INBRE Summer Fellowships: An INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) grant from the NIH will support 8, 9 or 10 week fellowships for students wishing to conduct independent summer research addressing biomedical questions, including questions relating to comparative functional genomics.  Students will receive a stipend of $400/week and subsidized college housing, as well as funds to cover research supplies. On campus housing is on a first come first served basis.

INBRE Post-baccalaureate Summer Fellowship: Bowdoin will offer a summer fellowship (stipend $400/week plus housing on campus) for a graduating senior to continue working on his or her ongoing research project, with a goal of making progress towards publication, for 8-10 weeks during the summer after graduation.  Because this fellowship is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Maine INBRE INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) program, projects submitted for the fellowship should have some biomedical relevance, with a preference for projects in the general field of comparative functional genomics (broadly defined). On-campus housing will be on a first-come first-serve basis.  

The Biology faculty will schedule an informational meeting for information on summer fellowships in the Biological Sciences.  Date TBD. 

Students should begin discussing potential projects with faculty sponsors early in the Spring semester 2016.

Biological Fellowships Application Instructions: 

The Part A application the Part A cover application and unofficial transcript.  Students should save and send these two documents in one pdf copy. 

The Part B application includes the Part B cover application, project justification, project description, and any additional materials for neuroscience students also applying for the Paller Fellowships.  Students should save and send these documents in one pdf copy.

If you wish to request support for project related expenses have a discussion with your faculty mentor.  An itemized budget and justification will be submitted by the mentor with their letter of support.

Biological Fellowships Applications & Deadlines: 

  • Monday, February 15, 2016: Deadline for students to submit PART A application online. Please contact Mary Keenan, Biology Department Academic Coordinator, with any problems or questions (mkeenan@bowdoin.edu, 725-3582).

  • Monday, February 29, 2016: Deadline for students to submit PART B application online. Late applications will not be accepted; students should plan accordingly.

  • Applicants who have been selected by the Biological Fellowships Committee will be notified by email by Friday, March 11, 2016, that they are being offered Biological Science fellowships. 

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 is the deadline for students to accept or decline the Biological Summer fellowship awards.

  • On Monday, April 4, 2016, if funds are available, a second round of awards may be offered to students that did not receive a Fellowship.

Students should make appointments with a member of Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience Faculty to discuss individual requirements when working on a summer research project. Some general questions can be answered here: Frequently Asked Questions