BioXFEL Fellowship for URM Graduate Students

BioXFEL Fellowship for URM Graduate Students

The BioXFEL Science and Technology Center is committed to providing support to underserved populations of graduate students by promoting their inclusion in and access to XFEL fields. In an effort to continue support of the scientific research, professional, and educational development of the URM students, BioXFEL is awarding up to four graduate students, a $16,000 fellowship to support their research endeavors. This fellowship can be used to purchase any necessary supplies or to supplement their stipend for 1 year. Funds are distributed to and managed by individual departments at the student's home University.

More details on the application process can be found below. Students who are accepted into the Fellowship will become BioXFEL Scholars and will have access to all BioXFEL resources, including funding for our conference, travel awards, professional development events, and the Individual Development Program (IDP). After the award is announced, BioXFEL Fellows will also be expected to assist with the development of an independent program at their home institution that is designed to engage a broader audience and expand the reach of the Center. Ideally, these new programs would exist beyond the tenure of the student and represent a legacy of BioXFEL Fellowships. See what our past fellows have created.

Amount: $16,000 a year per student

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2022

Applications will include:

  1. A written personal statement detailing your educational and professional development plans, career goals, and outreach program plans (1 pg max)
  2. A written research proposal detailing the specifics of the thesis project, relevant background information, your general approach, as well as any unique resources that may be needed for accomplishing the research goals. Please include a budget justification listing required materials and stipend allocation amounts. The Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit of the proposal should be clearly defined (2 pages max)
  3. Academic transcripts for institutions listed by the applicant. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  4. Completed online application form found HERE
  5. Letter of support from your thesis advisor (PI) stating that they approve of and support your participation in this program.

All materials above should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject heading "Fellowship Application". Online application form will be automatically forwarded to BioXFEL


  • Applicants must be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident.
  • All applicants should belong to a group that is underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This includes but is not limited to African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Hispanics.
  • Applicants should intend to pursue a research-based career after graduation.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate (PhD) program, preferably at a minority serving institution, and have a minimum of 1.5 years left to graduation at the time the application is submitted.
  • All Graduate Students should be involved in a research project that is related to the interests of BioXFEL (Structural Biology, Protein Biochemistry, Diffraction Physics, Sample Delivery, or Algorithm Development).
  • Past recipients are eligible to apply, but are not guaranteed to receive a renewal.

Categories of applicants that are ineligible:

  • Those who do not hold United States citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
  • Students with less than 1 year to graduation or who are not enrolled in a minority-serving institution




Award Results should be posted by July 15th, 2022 and awards distributed prior to the start of the fall academic year 2022. This will be the final round of fellowships.

Our 2019 recipients of the BioXFEL Fellowship are pictured above.

Our inaugural class of BioXFEL fellows at UPR Mayaguez.