The Genomics Scholars Program

Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 scholar competition is now CLOSED.
The Center for Vertebrate Genomics is not accepting applications for scholars at this time.
The CVG will announce its next round of applications in early Fall 2021. Due dates are typically in early October.

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 2021.
    If the applicant will be TA'ing in the Spring of 2021, the award period would be delayed until Summer 2021 and the applicant should expect to be at Cornell through winter session 2022.
  • There is a limit of one applicant per faculty CVG member lab.

Evaluation 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.

All applicants will be considered for the CVG Scholar awards ($10,000). This award will consider both merit (as described above) and financial need. The PI letter of support should address both merit and funding need.

If applicants would like to also be considered for the Distinguished Scholar award ($30,000), this should be explicitly indicated in the PI Letter of support. Financial need is not a criterion of Distinguished Scholar awards and the PI letter should address merit with specific concrete examples demonstrating the creativity and exceptional promise of the applicant.

Application Package

  • A letter of support from the PI. For the CVG Scholars award, the PI should address both funding need and merit. Please explicitly indicate in the letter if the applicant would like to be considered for the Distinguished Scholar award, in which case the letter should include concrete examples demonstrating the creativity and promise of the student. (PI 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.

DEADLINE: October 7, 2020 5:00pm.

Please submit your application as a PDF file via email to Charlotte Williams at Please reduce the file size if it exceeds 10 MB. PI Letter of support may be submitted separately.

Applicants will be notified in November of their award status.

Past Genomics Scholarship Recipients