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CMB Graduate Research Fellowship

The AU-CMB program will fund between 4 and 6 doctoral graduate fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year. These positions can be available for students to begin Fall Semester, 2018. The fellowships carry a stipend of $22,500 for the first year and a University Peak of Excellence graduate research fellowship to cover tuition. The intent of the CMB graduate fellowship is to recruit outstanding students to begin doctoral study in the laboratory of a program faculty member performing research in this area. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 1st 4:45 p.m.

This program of study toward the Ph.D. degree is complimented by required laboratory rotations in which students spend time learning advanced laboratory skills and identifying research opportunities in disciplines of specific interest to them. Our goal is to develop a program of graduate study and research experience for each student that is tailored to his or her career goals and complementary to our research directions

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you will need to:

- Complete the online application, at bottom of page and submit.
- Complete the Graduate School Application. Please list AU-CMB program as the field or department of major interest in proposed graduate work. This will ensure that all necessary paperwork comes to the CMB Student Affairs Committee for evaluation.
- Send the AU-CMB office your letter of intent, along with CV/Resume
- Send the AU-CMB office names of prospective faculty members with whom you would like to do your lab rotations
- Have 3 letters of recommendation sent to the AU-CMB office. These letters should be on university (or business) letterhead and provide professional email address.
- Send the Graduate School your official transcripts and GRE and (if international applicant) TOEFL Scores


GRA Policies and Procedures

For more description of GRF Policies and Procedures, please click here 






Please select the CMB Program Areas you are interested in, and rank them in the order of interest. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the research areas (click on CMB in the side bar menu at the top of the page). Also, please indicate a specific research area of interest, such as virology, gene discovery, plant molecular biology, gene therapy, etc.

The four areas to choose from are:

*Functional Genomics, Proteomics and Bioengineering
*Signal Transduction and Development
*Cell and Molecular Biology of Disease

Research Interests      First Choice:
     Second Choice:
Third Choice:
       Specific Area of  Interests         

It is also important that you connect with possible advisors and committee members as soon as possible. This will help establish a sense of purpose as you enter in the fall semester. Please click on the following link, Faculty, to be redirected to the webpage of the CMB Faculty. There you will find links to each faculty webpage and other contact information.


Please furnish your GRE scores, keeping in mind that the subject test is not required for admission. Also, please remember that the maximum score that can be obtained in the verbal and quantitative section of the test is 170, (800 before 2012 update), and that in the analytical writing section is 6. All scores need to be filled in a numeric values, and not as letters (such as A,B, C and so on).

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students whose first language is not English.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Verbal Score                              

Quantitative Score        

Analytical Score            

Subject Test Area         

Subject Test Score        

TOEFL Score                    

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES (GRE & TOEFL)                                                                                    

All scores need to be filled in as numeric values and not as letters (such as A, B, C and so on).

Overall GPA                                 

Graduate GPA (if applicable)  


Please furnish details about completed coursework (Physics, Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, etc.)

Please review all of the information you have provided above for accuracy. Once complete, press the submit button below.

Remember to send all required documentation to the AU-CMB office and AU Graduate School (letter of intent, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, standardized scores).

Courtney Thomas
 AU-CMB Administrative Program Specialist II
Science Center , Room 248
315 Roosevelt Concourse
Auburn University, AL 36849-5319
(334) 844-1642
Fax :  (334) 844-5255

The above application will be sent directly to the CMB office.  It may take up to 45 seconds to process your form. Please press submit only once. Thank you. 

For additional information, please contact the AU-CMB office.

Last Updated: 01/22/2018