Summer Fellowship Information

During the Summer, the Biological Sciences will offer summer fellowship opportunities to support student research with a faculty mentor.

I. Life Sciences Fellowships

II. INBRE Fellowships {Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence}

III. Paller Neuroscience Research Fellowships.


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 $425/week and subsidized college housing, and funds to cover research supplies.
  • On campus housing is on a first come first served basis.

INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Fellowships

Undergraduate Summer Fellowships: 

  • An INBRE  grant from the NIH will support 8, 9 or 10 week fellowships.
  • Is for students wishing to conduct independent summer research addressing biomedical questions, including questions relating to comparative functional genomics.  
  • Students will receive a stipend of $425/week and subsidized college housing, and funds to cover research supplies.
  • On campus housing is on a first come first served basis.

Post-baccalaureate Summer Fellowships:

  • An INBRE Post-baccalaureate Summer Fellowship will provide a stipend of $425/week, plus housing on campus.  
  • Offered to a graduating senior to continue working on his or her ongoing research project with a goal of making progress towards publication  
  • 8-10 weeks during the summer after graduation.
  • On-campus housing will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Because this fellowship is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Maine 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).

Paller Neuroscience Research Fellowships:

Funds are available to support research both during the summer and during the academic year.  It is expected that research conducted with Paller support will culminate in Honors in Neuroscience.  

Summer fellowships will include:

  • A summer stipend ($425 per week for 8-10 weeks)
  • Summer housing (in Bowdoin on-campus housing)
  • Funds to cover research expenses
  • Funds to cover travel to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Academic year fellowships will include:

  • An academic year stipend ($4000)
  • Funds to cover research expenses
  • Funds to cover travel to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.  

Students awarded both summer and academic year fellowships will receive the summer stipend, the academic year stipend, and funds to cover research supplies and travel to the SFN meeting. On campus housing is on a first come first served basis.

Application Information (additional components required for Paller fellowships):

To apply for a Life Sciences, INBRE, or Paller Summer Fellowship, use Bowdoin Student Fellowships’ online application.  

You may request support for project-related expenses of up to $1000; an itemized budget and justification should be submitted by your mentor with their letter of support. (Note:  Additional materials are required for Paller Fellowship applications; these are listed below.  Please see your mentor for further details.)

In this same online application, you may also choose to be considered for an Institutional Research Fellowship available through the office of Student Fellowships and Research. View the complete list of Institutional Research Fellowships.

Students should make appointments early with a member of Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience Faculty to discuss individual requirements when working on a summer research project.

Answers to many questions can be found in the fellowship FAQs.

Application Deadlines:

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 - Phase One (noon): . Once submitted you will receive an automated email with a link to the Phase Two application.
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 - Phase Two (noon): Late applications will not be accepted; students should plan accordingly.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Applicants who have been selected by the Biological Fellowships Committee will be notified by email that they are being offered Biological Science fellowships.
  • Monday, March 27, 2019 - Deadline for students to accept or decline Biological Summer Fellowships.
  • Monday, April 1, 2019 - If funds are available, a second round of awards may be offered to students who did not receive a Fellowship.

Additional Application Components for Paller Fellowships.

Part A: Briefly describe the future you see yourself pursuing, and how this neuroscience fellowship fits into those plans. Note: The research proposal [(1) above] should include similar information, though less space is available - feel free to use some or all of the same material in this statement. This gives you a little more space (depending on how much you used for the project description) and focuses more on your future plans than on your major, but there could be significant overlap between these statements. (1-2 double-spaced pages).

Part B: This component of the Paller application consists of a short, independently written research proposal.  It should discuss a significant issue or problem in neuroscience that is of particular interest to you. It may, for example, be a problem or question that has arisen in the course of your classroom or laboratory work.  It should, however, be unrelated to your actual research proposal.  Your proposal must include a description of the issue or problem, a specific aspect of that problem that could be approached in a research project, and the experiments you would suggest be done to address the question.  This should be written as a research proposal, including background, the question you are addressing and the hypothesis you are proposing to test, the experiments (including controls) needed to test the hypothesis, and the ways in which you would interpret the predicted experimental data.  References and figures may be included.  

Document Guidelines:

The proposal should be no more than 2 pages, single-spaced, with a minimum font size of 11 (Times) or 10 (Arial), and a minimum line spacing of 12 points.  The proposals will be read and evaluated by the Neuroscience faculty, so you can assume a reasonably knowledgeable audience.

Please submit these components as a single pdf file, entitled “Lastname_Paller”, to Mary Keenan by 4 pm on Monday, February 25, 2019.