Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship (INBRE Fellows)

The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship application for summer 2024 IS NOW OPEN!  

[Important Note: All positions for 2024 are subject to INBRE-5 being successfully funded.]

This page is for undergraduate students attending an Idaho institution of higher education.

Students attending institutions in a RAIN state – Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming – are welcome to apply for fellowships as part of the RAIN Student Exchange in Idaho summer program.

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Are you an undergraduate STEM major attending an Idaho institution of higher education who wants to do hands-on research? Will you be graduating (with a bachelor’s degree) in December 2024 or later?

The Idaho INBRE Program is offering paid research awards for students interested in biomedical research. The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship is a competitive monetary award for students (INBRE Fellows) to conduct mentored research. The program pays each awarded INBRE Fellow to work full-time in an established faculty laboratory for 10 weeks during the summer. In addition to conducting guided research, INBRE Fellows will attend professional development and scientific seminar presentations and will prepare a poster highlighting their work to be presented at the Idaho INBRE Statewide Research Conference in Moscow.

Pay: up to $7200 for the summer (paid as hourly wage over the working dates of the program)

Program Starting Date: May 20, 2024
Program Ending Date: Last day of INBRE Conference or one travel day thereafter, depending upon institution
INBRE Conference Dates: July 29-31, 2024

Steps to complete your application:
  1. Identify a Mentor – a list of potential mentors can be found in the left column at Talk with your chosen mentor before submitting your application and be sure they agree to mentor you if you are selected as a Fellow.
  2. Obtain a copy of your most recent college transcripts – unofficial copies are acceptable. Be sure to save the transcripts in an easily accessible PDF format.
  3. Identify 1 reference and invite them to submit their reference using the ‘Register References’ tab in the left-hand column of the online application form – references from science faculty/instructors are preferred. The Register References tab is available as soon as you begin your application so invite your references early! References are due on November 1, 2023.
  4. Complete and submit the application form by the due date of November 1, 2023.

The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship program is competitive. The number of applications we receive will exceed the available Fellowships.  To be considered for an Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship we must receive your completed application including transcripts and reference by the due date of November 1, 2023.  We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Fellowship awards will be announced in December 2023.

How are students selected to be INBRE Fellows?
INBRE Fellows are the best and brightest undergraduate students in Idaho. The selection process is competitive and rigorous. Students submit an application packet that includes a few short essays, one reference, and their college transcript(s).

Requirements for being an INBRE Fellow:
1. Students must currently be enrolled at an Idaho institution.
2. Students must be graduating with a bachelor’s degree on or after December 2024. Students graduating May or August 2024 are not eligible for Fellowships in 2024.

Criteria for Fellows selection:
The following criteria are used by Idaho INBRE when choosing Undergraduate Fellows. These criteria are considered as a ‘whole’, and not necessarily in the order listed.

1. Interest in biomedical science and research
2. Academic record, including science classes taken and GPA
3. Reference
4. Date of expected graduation
5. Current institution – with consideration given for the research opportunities available to you at that institution
6. Family educational background
7. State in which you graduated high school (preference is given to those graduating from an Idaho high school or high school in a Western INBRE state)
8. Challenges you have overcome to obtain your education

Important Dates:

November 1, 2023 – Student applications due into the INBRE office
Mid-December 2023 – Fellows selection completed and letters of award sent to students
January 19, 2024 – Fellows acceptance forms due
Mid-March 2024 – Summer Research plans due
May 20, 2024* – Fellows program begins
July 29-31, 2024 – Idaho INBRE Summer Research Conference and the end of the Fellows program

*Expectations include participation for the full duration of the Fellows program.

PAVER (Partnership to Advance Veterans Education in Research)

Similar to the INBRE Fellowship, the PAVER Fellowship provides a “real-life” research experience for Veterans currently enrolled at, or recently graduated from, accredited Idaho universities who may be considering further graduate education and/or a career in biomedical research or related healthcare sciences.

The PAVER Fellowship supports a 10-week mentored, biomedical research opportunity in the basic science laboratory of an established Infectious Disease investigator at the Boise VA Medical Center. The fellowship typically runs from late May to August, though other times may be arranged.

Please contact Katie Aldape at for details and application instructions.

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