The Genomics Scholars Program

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics is no longer accepting applications for the Genomics Scholars Program. Deadline for applications was October 2, 2017 3:00pm.

Fall 2017

The Scholars program is designed to recognize and support graduate students and postdoctoral associates that are performing vertebrate genomics-based research at Cornell. Recipients will receive a stipend and recognition at the annual CVG Symposium. They will also be expected to participate fully in research meetings and journal clubs sponsored by the CVG.

The CVG anticipates making 3 or 4 awards this year. The average award is $10,000-15,000. The actual size and number of the awards will depend on available CVG funds and number of outstanding applicants. Applicants who are in early-mid stages of training, and who have a clear genomic component in their proposal, typically fare better in the committee review.

Application Procedure


  • Applicants must be from laboratories whose PI's are members of the CVG.
  • Graduate student applicants must have selected a permanent laboratory home before applying. Generally, first-year graduate students are not eligible for the Scholars Program.
  • The applicants should expect to be at Cornell through Fall 2018
  • There is a limit of one applicant per faculty CVG member lab.

Application Criteria

Projects to be proposed should have a genomics component and also concern vertebrates. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, genetic screens, computational analyses of genomic data, gene expression studies, population/evolutionary genomics, proteomics, or functional studies of vertebrate genes in model systems. Although all applications will be considered, the committee favors applications demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • The project is collaborative (between two or more labs) and/or multidisciplinary in a way that will enable new training for the applicant.
  • The applicant is training in a lab that has been actively engaged with the CVG.
  • The applicant is in the early/mid stages of training, such that involvement in the Scholars program is more likely to have impact.

The application should be written and prepared by the applicant. Part of the evaluation process includes an assessment of the applicant's ability to communicate scientific goals and ideas in a succinct fashion. Those applications that are written by the PI or are excised from grant applications submitted by the PI will not be considered.

Applications will also be considered, in part, on a needs-based criteria, as well as on available CVG funds. Funding need should be addressed in the PI letter.

Application Package

  • A letter of support from the PI. Applications will be judged, in part, by needs-based criteria. This should be addressed in the PI letter. (Letter may be submitted separately.)
  • A copy of the applicant's CV (Please include email address).
  • A copy of the PI's biosketch.
  • The project title and description. This should be no more than 2-3 pages, include a brief working title, an introduction and succinct description of the planned work, and address the project's relevance to vertebrate genomics.
  • Additional pages may be included for figures and supporting tables.
  • Supplemental material (e.g. accepted or published papers) can also be included, if desired.

Please submit your application as a single PDF file via email to Charlotte Williams at Please reduce the file size if it exceeds 5MB. PI Letter of support may be submitted separately.

Deadline for applications is October 2, 2017 3:00pm.
Applicants will be notified approximately 6 weeks after close of deadline of their award status.

Expectations of Genomics Scholars

During the 1-year award period, awardees are expected to attend the monthly CVG journal club and Scholars lunches, present once at the CVG journal club, and present a poster at the CVG symposium (usually in July). They will also be asked to provide a brief progress report at the end of the award period.

Past Genomics Scholarship Recipients