September 13, 2023

This year, the nomination process opens on October 19th, 2023, and the deadline is December 7th, 2023. Full details are available on the 2024 Gilliam program announcement page.

The nomination process is also different this year. In the past, each UW mentor-mentee were selected through an internal review process. UW was then invited to nominate a small number of mentor-mentee pairs to the national selection process. This year, the internal selection process has been removed. All eligible mentor-mentee pairs are invited to apply directly to HHMI for consideration as a 2024 HHIM Gilliam fellowship.

Here are some key changes for the 2024 competition:

  1. Open competition – the 2024 Gilliam competition will move to an open competition. Any eligible adviser-student pair (see program announcement for detailed eligibility guidelines) can apply. There is no nomination process, and there is not a limit (slot number) for each institution. Faculty advisers will continue to serve as the lead applicant, and once the application opens on October 19th, they can start a new application from HHMI’s Pathway system. 
  2. Eligibility – the 2024 competition will be open to graduate students and advisers of all identities. I encourage you to carefully read and familiarize yourself with the eligibility, evaluation, and selection guidelines in the program announcement (also updated on the Gilliam website) as there are some changes from the last competition. A primary goal of Gilliam is to promote creation of equitable, inclusive, and healthy scientific research environments where everyone can learn, contribute, and thrive. Successful applicants (adviser and student) will demonstrate their commitment to this goal through their activities and unique experiences.  
  3. Application components – All application materials will be prepared and submitted by the adviser, the graduate student, and one outside letter writer on behalf of the student.   

Good luck with your applications!