Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Fellows Program

The ISCRM Fellows program, funded by the State of Washington, provides opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in stem cell and regenerative medicine and technologies to train under the guidance of excellent mentors, faculty of ISCRM. This training will simultaneously enrich the trainee research and education and strengthen the future and innovation of stem cell and regenerative medicine and technology development in the state of Washington.



Applications are open to U.S. and lawfully-admitted non-U.S. citizens (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status).

The applicant must be accepted into the laboratory of an ISCRM faculty mentor. Trainee projects that involve interdisciplinary training, for example, collaboration between ISCRM laboratories, are encouraged.

Applicants must be willing to participate in outreach activities and an in-person interview.

Selection Criteria

         -- Overall quality of the applicant.

         -- Promise of the proposed research (intellectual merit and creativity).

         -- Importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s long-term goals.

         -- Training environment.

How to Apply -- Deadline: April 27, 2018

Application Materials

The applicant must submit all of the materials listed below in pdf format to the ISCRM Fellows Program Coordinator, Leena Pranikay ( A single pdf document is preferred.

1.  Completed ISCRM Fellows Program Application.

2.  Research Plan and Career Goals document (two pages in 11pt font, 0.5 inch margins) that includes:

         -- Hypothesis and Specific Aim(s) -- 0.4 pg

         -- Background/Significance/Innovation -- 0.5 pg

         -- Preliminary Data (up to 3 figures permitted) -- 0.5 pg

         -- Research Strategy and Methods -- 0.5 pg

         -- Statement of career goals -- 1-2 sentences

         -- References -- a separate page, not included in the 2-page requirement

3.  Mentor’s Training Plan document (one page) that includes:

         -- An evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, areas that will be strengthened in the training period, and an assessment of their potential for a career in research.

         -- Mentoring/training relationship with any collaborator(s) on the applicant’s research project.

         -- Expected trainee milestones, including publications and grant applications and a plan for training in scientific writing, seminar presentation, the basics of career advancement in academia and industry, and the fundamentals of laboratory management.

         -- A commitment of resources to help facilitate success of the project.

         -- A funding plan for the trainee at the end of their support in our program.

*Mentors should be aware that ISCRM funding does not fully cover trainee costs. It is the responsibility of the trainee’s mentor to cover costs that exceed the award.


Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from two individuals (excluding the primary mentor) must be submitted to the ISCRM Fellows Program Coordinator, Leena Pranikay ( If applicable, one of the letters should be from a collaborator.

Letters should provide evidence of the quality of the candidate, the trainee’s potential for creative, innovative research, and the trainee’s potential to become an independent scientist and leader in the field of biomedicine and health.