Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship (INBRE Fellows)

The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship application for summer 2024 IS CLOSED!
~ Next round scheduled to open September 2024 ~

[Important Note: All positions for 2024 and 2025 are subject to INBRE-5 being successfully funded.]

Attention non-Idaho students:

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

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 2025 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); does not include housing or food allowance
  • Fellowship Start Date: May TBD, 2025
  • Fellowship End Date: last day of the Conference or one day after for travel, depending on the institution.

See Other Important Dates Below

Steps to complete your application:

  1. Identify a Preceptor (Mentor) – a list of potential preceptors can be found in the left column at
  2. Contact Preceptor – Talk with your chosen preceptor before submitting your application and be sure they agree to mentor you if you are selected as a Fellow. If you are unfamiliar with the faculty on your campus, reach out to your INBRE Campus Leader for assistance. Click here for INBRE Campus Lead contact information. 
  3. Complete application.
  4. Obtain/Submit a copy of your most recent college transcripts – unofficial copies are acceptable. Be sure to save the transcripts in an easily accessible PDF format.
  5. 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, 2024.
  6. Submit the Application form by the due date of November 1, 2024.

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, 2024.  We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Fellowship awards will be announced in December 2024.

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).

Word Cloud generated from Idaho student reflections.

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
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 [not fully updated for 2024-2025]

November 1, 2024 – Student applications due into the INBRE office
Mid-December 2024 – Fellows selection completed and letters of award sent to students
January TBD, 2024 – Fellows acceptance forms due
Mid-April 2025 – Summer Research plans due
May TBD, 2025* – Fellows program begins
July TBD, 2025 – Idaho INBRE Summer Research Conference and the end of the Fellows program

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

Below is the Summer Research Plan template for students at the University of Idaho, only.  Research plans for other institutions should be submitted to the INBRE campus leader and/or student coordinator on your individual campus.

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