Colwell Travel Fellowship

Fellowship information

The Rita Colwell Travel Fellowship is made possible by a generous donation from Prof. Rita Colwell and is intended to help eligible students to attend scientific meetings relevant to their field of study. The funds are available on a competitive basis (see application process below) and applications are reviewed through out the year. Successful applicants will be reimbursed retroactively. The number of applicants funded, and duration of the fellowship program, will depend on funding availability.

Application details

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to all students affiliated with CBCB or CBBG graduate programs.

Application materials:

IMPORTANT: All application materials must be prepared in PDF format. Documents in plain text, MS Word, or other formats will not be accepted.

  • Cover letter including the following information:

    • Student name

    • PI name

    • Department and/or program of study

    • Name of scientific meeting that will be attended, including link to conference webpage.

    • Reason for travel: list one of (i) oral presentation; (ii) poster presentation; (iii) other (please explain)

    • Brief description of research being presented (100-200 words)

  • Current CV

Application procedure: Application materials must be submitted by email to

Application deadlines: At this time there are no set deadlines, but applications must be received in advance of the travel dates.

Notification: All applicants will be notified with the decision of the reviewers within 2 weeks of submission.