Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship Requirements

Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship

This award is made possible thanks to a bequest from Dixie Westlake Floyd, the wife of Colonel Bayard Franklin Floyd.


The Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship is available for PhD students performing research in microbiology, who are in good standing, and in years 2-5 of their graduate studies.

First preference will be given to students in the Microbiology program. Second preference will go to students in other Ph.D. programs as long as they are in a Microbiology-affiliated lab.

To be eligible, students must be making progress towards their degree and be engaged full-time in dissertation or thesis-related activities (research and/or classwork) during the summer. Students must provide a cohesive and feasible summer research plan, which will contribute to the overall dissertation project.

To be eligible for future Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowships, awardees must show that they have completed previous goals and have continued on a positive trajectory in their dissertation project.

Note: Students whose research deals with plant- or fungus-microbe interactions and focuses mostly on the plant/fungus side should apply for the Floyd Plant & Fungal Biology Summer Fellowship.


Award amount to be determined. Limited to a maximum of three per lab.

How to apply

Applications for this award are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 8 each year.

Submit all materials listed on the Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship application form. The student’s faculty advisor must submit a letter of endorsement separately.

The letter should assess the following attributes of the applicant:

  • Intellectual prowess
  • Independence as a researcher
  • Ownership of the project
  • Productivity on project
  • Committee meetings (Has the student met with the thesis committee; is the committee supportive of the current research plan?)
  • Progress toward degree and the projected completion date

To apply for the Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship, fill out the application form in Microsoft Word; save the form and all required application materials into a single PDF file labeled with the name of the award, year, and your last name; and email to the IU Biology graduate office's dropbox by the deadline. The faculty letter must be uploaded separately.

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Questions about the award or application procedure? Contact Associate Professor Dean Rowe-Magnus.