The RNA Bioscience Initiative supports graduate students through its RNA Scholars Program. Applicants are selected based on previous accomplishments and promise in RNA research. RNA Scholar awards provide 1-year of stipend support and a small discretionary fund; awards are not renewable. Previous support by a T32 or other award will not negatively impact eligibility.
- Student must have completed two years of research in their PhD thesis lab AND passed their comprehensive exam as of August
- Student’s research must have a primary focus on RNA
Required Application Components
- Student’s biosketch, highlighting achievements, and including a paragraph detailing progress and goals in an RNA research project
- Letter of recommendation from the chair of the student’s thesis committee (half-page), requested by the student, highlighting the qualifications, potential, and accomplishments of the student and their research focus on RNA
- Letter of recommendation from the student’s principal thesis advisor, outlining the promise of the candidate to advance RNA biology and their commitment to support the candidate by attending RBI-sponsored events, seminars and chalk talks
Selection of Awardees
- RNA Scholar award candidates will interview with RBI faculty
- A committee of RBI faculty members will choose final awardees based on student’s application, interview, and a review of their RNA research
Students selected as RBI RNA Scholars will receive $35,000 towards their stipend, and an additional $2,000 for educational expenses, such as a computer, research-relevant software, or travel to a meeting, conference or workshop.
Students who are selected for the RBI RNA Scholars Program are required to:
- Attend RBI sponsored seminars and events and present talks at an RBI sponsored events, possibly including Evenings with RNA, RNA Chalk Talks, or other RBI sponsored event
- Acknowledge support from the RNA Bioscience Initiative in final PhD thesis and in publications
- Include RNA Bioscience Initiative as an affiliation in all publications
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