The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Gulbenkian Foundation are jointly holding a competition to award grants to outstanding early career scientists working outside the United States.  This International Research Scholars program aims to provide much-needed support for promising international scientists as they establish their independent research programs.  Please inform interested colleagues and former trainees about this program, directing them to our website (

Essential information about the program is summarized below. Please feel free to contact Ed McCleskey ( with questions you may have.


Erin O’Shea
Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Program Information:

  • Approximately 45 grants will be awarded
  • Applicants must have an independent laboratory that started within the last seven years
  • Applicants must have trained as either a graduate student or a postdoctoral researcher in the US or the UK
  • Laboratories in the G7 countries (US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan) are ineligible, as are a handful of countries presently under US sanctions
  • The application submission deadline is June 30, 2016
  • Further information and access to the application is available at:
  • Direct questions to Ed McCleskey ( or Laura Kinkead (, who are directing this program