(CLOSED) Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Graduate Fellowships in Organic Chemistry

Sponsor Name: 
Bristol Myers Squibb
Description of the Award: 

BMS asks for no more than two nominations from participating chemistry departments.

BMS has sponsored Fellowships in Organic Chemistry for over 30 years. BMS aims to continue to encourage excellence in education and in research in organic synthesis by providing funds to support the research of graduate students that have received PhD in Chemistry located in the United States. Through this Program, BMS hopes to support research in synthetic organic chemistry, and integral field for the discovery and development of transformational drugs.

The Fellowships are awarded annually to senior level graduate students whose research projects involve substantial training in synthetic organic chemistry. The $35,000 Fellowship award is designed to provide $30,000 towards the direct costs of the student’s education and $5,000 to their faculty supervisor to cover the cost of equipment and supplies.

Criteria for Selection

  • Organic chemistry focus: This award is intended for students whose doctoral studies are primarily in the field of organic chemistry including synthetic methodology development, natural product synthesis, and construction of both small and large molecular chemical biology tools.
  • Year of study: The award is intended for students entering their third, fourth or fifth year graduate studies.
  • Academic achievement: The award is intended for those students who have demonstrated the highest academic achievement.
  • Research accomplishments and innovation: The award is ideally intended for those students who have already demonstrated a level of research accomplishment (i.e., significant progress in their doctoral research, published papers, etc.) and a strong level of innovation in their research endeavors.



Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jun 01, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_BMS-RFP-20-RD-001 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Graduate student name and contact information
  • Students course of study
  • Name, Departmental affiliation and email of graduate advisor
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Summary of Research (no more than one page, pdf) that addresses the key criteria.

3Letter or email indicating advisor acknowledgement

4. Graduate Student CV

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

The College of Medicine Office of Foundation Relations and the ECOS Innovation Office are available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other corporation-related questions. University Park applicants, should please contact Ashley Chan, Industry Liaison, ECOS Innovation Office, (alc39@psu.edu or 814-867-0093). Penn State College of Medicine applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5827) for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 4:00pm
No Applicants