GIGA Fellowship in Invertebrate Genomics 2020

GIGA Fellowship in Invertebrate Genomics 2020

The Global Invertebrate Genome Alliance (GIGA) was formed in 2013 and consists of a collaborative network of diverse scientists that wish to advance the state of invertebrate genomic research for the international scientific community. GIGA is dedicated to promoting resources and standards that will facilitate comparative approaches and collaborations for future generations. With these objectives in mind, we are excited to announce the GIGA Fellowship in Invertebrate Genomics to provide financial assistance to graduate students involved in invertebrate genomic research (non-insect/non-nematode). Support will go to any area of invertebrate genomic research (i.e. wet-lab, computational, theoretical) but cannot be used for travel or collection of animals.

Award information:

Amount: Up to $2K of support, which can be applied towards any research invertebrate genomics project. This award is not intended to support fieldwork or collections of animals.

Anticipated Number of Awards: 1-2 per year

Eligibility: Masters or PhD student currently enrolled in a graduate research program (US based or international)

Application Deadline: November 13, 2020

Application Process:

To apply, applicants must submit 1) a curriculum vitae 2) a 1000-word statement that outlines the research project objectives, methods and intellectual merit 3) a budget detailing total costs and any possibility of co-funding 4) a 500-word justification for the financial need and how this award will enhance the research.  We also will request (optional) 1-2 letters of recommendation sent directly to  Please provide all documents (1-4) as a SINGLE pdf to with the file name and email header written as “LASTNAME_GIGAFellowship2020”. Applications by members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged and can be noted as part of the statements. 

Selection Process:

Selection of meritorious graduate students will be performed by a selection committee comprised of GIGA Steering Members.  Primary criteria for the awards will include each student’s financial needs and motivation, quality of an essay describing their research project, taxonomic focus, methods and relevance of the project to invertebrate genomics. As the presence and support for women and other underrepresented groups within STEM fields remains inadequate, underrepresented students will be targeted for these fellowships.