Summer fellowships for graduate students in biomedical research/labs

UMaine Institute of Medicine

Subject:  Summer fellowships for graduate students in biomedical research/labs

Dear Colleagues,

The Institute of Medicine (IoM) requests proposals to support graduate students involved in biomedical research on the Orono campus during summer 2023, under supervision from a UMaine faculty member.  The fellowships are meant to support the goals and objectives of the Institute.  In particular, by funding a full time graduate student during the summer, this program aims to support faculty members who may generate new grant proposals for research funding from federal agencies, especially NIH. For more information about the IoM, including programs and participating faculty, please visit  

UMaine IoM graduate student fellowships

Up to five awards @ $7,000 each

$6,666.75        Stipend (or $2,222.25/month)

$541.00           1 graduate credit, waived by Graduate School

$446.00.          Health insurance for June and July – May or may not be applicable

Eligibility:  Ph.D. graduate students in health sciences or biomedical research aligned with the IoM, who do not have summer support.

Areas of research to be funded include, but are not limited to:

Clinical research
-Infectious diseases
-Bio imaging

Biological sciences
-Molecular biology/cell signaling
-Systems biology/animal models
-Microscopic imaging
-One Health and the Environment

Biomedical engineering
-Imaging techniques/equipment

How to Apply

Interested faculty should submit an application package using our InfoReady Review grant application submission portal.

  1. Applications should include:
    1. A description of the proposed project in one to two double-spaced pages. Applicants should articulate how the summer research will benefit ongoing research.  If known, an NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or other agency announcement should be referenced as part of their proposal.
    2. A half-page budget and justification. Allowable budget item is limited to summer student employment support.
    3. A CV From the selected graduate student
    4. A letter of support from faculty mentor, outlining how the selected graduate student has knowledge, skills and experience that will benefit summer research projects.
  1. Eligibility is limited to PhD. students who have an existing appointment in a research lab for spring 2023 but no summer 2023 funding.
  2. In reviewing proposals, the Committee will use the following criteria:
  3. Relationship of the project to Institute of Medicine goals
  4. Likelihood of securing funding
  5. Merit
  6. Significance of the proposed work
  7. A two-page report summarizing results and copies of publications resulting from the project (if applicable) are required at the termination of the project.

Questions about the Institute of Medicine fellowships should be directed to Cecile Ferguson, Program Manager, UMaine Institute of Medicine.


February 13, 2023      Announcement in InfoReady

March 17, 2023           Deadline for applications

April 10, 2023              Decisions by review committee

May 1, 2023                Awards made

Review committee

Faculty members of the IoM steering committee or faculty affiliated with the IoM.