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Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance - Fellowships for Technology-Based Healthcare Research

Deadline: Continuous

Note: Applications accepted any time. However, those received by February 1 will receive priority consideration.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Mayo Clinic have formed a strategic alliance to promote collaborative translational research at the interface of science, engineering, and medicine. The Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance is dedicated to developing new technologies and clinical tools, with the goal of advancing individualized medicine. The Alliance's interests are broad, including high-performance computing, big data, software development, imaging, nanotechnology, point-of-care diagnostics, bioinformatics, systems biology, genomics, and tissue engineering.  Current projects include:  

  • Automated pipeline for large-scale temporal community metabolic modeling.
  • Use of advanced analytics and big data for prevention and prediction of complications.
  • Providing self-service natural language processing (NLP) applications utilizing big data for clinicians and researchers.
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) pipeline automation.
  • Data visualization.
  • See additional details on current projects here

The fellowship program is designed to 1) support research relevant to the Alliance's goal of advancing individualized medicine and 2) creating a pathway for current Illinois graduate students to investigate post-graduation employment opportunities at the Mayo Clinic. 

The fellowship provides two years of support, one year funded by Mayo Clinic and the other year funded by Illinois. During the fellowship period, fellows must spend at least 12 months in residence at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, where the fellow will work closely with a Mayo Clinic advisor.


  • Applicants must be graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Applicants must propose research projects relevant to the goals of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance.
  • Applicants must have at least two years remaining in their graduate program.

Award Amount:

  • $30,000 annual stipend.
  • Coverage of tuition.
  • Coverage of service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library fee, and basic dental and vision insurance along with partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee.
  • $5,000 per year for travel or other research-related expenses.


Applications must include materials from the applicant as well as two letters of recommendation, one from the applicant's Illinois advisor and one from the applicant’s proposed advisor at Mayo Clinic.  Applicants and letter writers must each follow the respective guidelines below.  


Applicants must scan the following materials, in the following order, into a single pdf and name the file as follows: LastName, FirstName - Mayo Application 2019 (for example: Smith, John - Mayo Application 2019).  The pdf should then be emailed to LeaAnn Carson at by the deadline.

  • Cover page that lists the following:
    • applicant's name
    • department
    • degree program (PhD, MD/PhD, MS, etc.)
    • year in degree program (2nd year, 3rd year, etc.)
    • contact information (home address, departmental address, phone, email)
    • name, title, and contact information of Illinois advisor
    • name, title, and contact information of proposed Mayo Clinic advisor
  • CV (maximum three pages).
  • Project Description (three pages maximum, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font, Times New Roman).  The Project Description should describe the research that the student proposes to conduct during the two-year fellowship period.  The description should include research question (and/or hypothesis or engineering goal), significance, and methodology, along with language explaining the relationship of the student's research to the goals and structure of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance. The statement must be accessible to readers outside of the applicant's particular area of research.  An additional one-page listing of references cited is allowed. 

Letter Writers:

Letter writers must email letters, as attachments, to LeaAnn Carson at by the deadline.  The letter must be on official letterhead and saved as a pdf.  The name of the pdf must be as follows: Applicant'sLastName, Applicant'sFirstName - YourLastName - Mayo Recommendation 2019 (for example: Smith, John - Anderson - Mayo Recommendation 2019). 

LeaAnn Carson
Clinical Partners Coordinator
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative
901 W. University Avenue, Suite 101
Urbana, IL 61801




Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Sciences/Engineering/Math; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; International Students; Master's; Early Years of Doctoral Program; Dissertation Research; Fellowship/Grant; University of Illinois Students

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