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NSF Broadens Bioinformatics Fellowship: Chemists, Computer Scientists, and Others Now Welcome

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 - The National Science Foundation is looking beyond biologists for applicants to its postdoc interdisciplinary bioinformatics fellowships.

 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Informatics will give 35 fellows $50,000 per year for two or three years beginning in 2003, up from 20 fellows this year, according to the NSF.

Though formerly aimed at only biologists, the program now has been expanded to include chemists, physicists, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists, according to the NSF. And though is was once administered by the NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences, and called the Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biological Informatics, the program is now a joint initiative with the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

 

"It is anticipated that expanding the program to scientists from a broader range of fields will stimulate the development of new tools to be used in research in biology and informatics," according to the NSF.

 

The deadline for submitting an application for a fellowship is Nov. 4. Awardees are notified in March, according to the NSF.

 

The fellowship is open to researchers who have received their PhD no earlier than Nov. 4, 2000. Students scheduled to receive their doctorate by Dec. 31, 2003, are eligible to apply, according to the NSF.

 

Click here for more information about the fellowship.

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