Fund Details
QuantBio Graduate Student Award - 2019
Award Amount
Stipend and tuition support to selected Harvard PhD Students
Academic Year
Award Duration
One year
Sponsor Name
Quantitative Biosciences Initiative
Sponsor Deadline


The Quantitative Biology Initiative at Harvard seeks to solve the most fundamental questions in the life sciences using approaches at the interface of biology, mathematics, engineering, statistics, and computation. We are pleased to offer salary and tuition support to select Harvard PhD students from any FAS or SEAS department pursuing projects relevant to this mission. 

Benefits: Each award will support 25-100% of stipend and tuition (depending on commitment level and need) from 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2020. Students will be given scientific, grant writing, and professional development training and will have access to the larger QBio community. Students will also have the opportunity to organize their own scientific workshops.

Expectations: Students will be expected to participate in QBio seminars, retreats, and workshops. Interested students should first discuss with their PhD advisor how participation in the QBio community will help their career trajectory.

Application Information:

Applications should include the following:
  • Current CV (5-page limit)
  • Research statement written by the student (2-page limit), addressing the following:
    • Previous Research Experience
    • Proposed Research
    • Relevance to QBio:
      • How the proposed research fits into the aims of QBio, as outlined at and in the announcement of the Initiative
      • How the student plans to further their training at the interface of biology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computation and how the award will help.
      • How the student intends to participate and engage in community activities (seminars, retreats, workshops) of the Initiative.
  • Letter of support from the student’s PhD advisor. If the student does not have an official advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies in the student’s PhD program may provide the letter. This brief letter (2-page limit) should discuss:
    • Academic & professional qualities of the student.
    • Trajectory: How the research will further the student’s progress toward the PhD.
    • Community: How the student will participate in QBio community activities and how the student will strengthen the community.
    • Level of support: Support requested (% of stipend and tuition) 

Eligibility Criteria:

Must be enrolled as a Harvard University PhD student in an FAS or SEAS department/program (year G2 or higher) to be eligible for the award. The PhD advisor does not need to be formally affiliated with QBio, but must be a faculty member.

Review Criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on: relevance of the proposed research to the goals of the Initiative, capacity for scientific achievement, and capacity to enhance the QBio community. There are 2 types of awards, each with slightly difference review criteria:
  • QBio: Funding from Harvard QBio funds. Preference will be given to students who work on a fundamental problem in biology using strategies at the interface of biology, engineering, math, and/or computation.
  • MathBio: Funding from the NSF/Simons Center for the Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of BIology (MathBio). Preference will be given to students whose work involves collaboration between two PIs, one of whose expertise is in biology and the other in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics. 

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

Please visit the Quantitative Biology Initiative website for more information.

For questions about this application, please contact us at

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Christopher Doty at

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