Konetzka Fellowship Requirements

Walter Konetzka Fellowship

The award honors the late Professor Konetzka’s commitment to teaching and research. It was established in 1993 by his wife, Lillian; his colleagues; friends; and former students.


First preference is given to graduate students majoring in Microbiology with superb teaching abilities and strong research skills. This award typically goes to students who have passed their prelims and have demonstrated significant progress with their dissertation research.

Second preference is given to graduate students majoring in GCDB, Genetics, or Biochemistry if their research is in the area of Microbiology and they have the requisite teaching skills.

Award amounts vary from year to year. Most Department of Biology awards are between $500 and $3000; a few are larger.

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To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 5 required questions and electronically signing before submitting. The application contains many questions designed for undergraduate applicants to IU. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students need only complete the required pieces. The general application may be created at any time during the academic year.

For Biology awards, you must upload a current CV, a personal statement, and the email address of a faculty member who will supply a letter of recommendation. Refer to specific awards for additional required materials.

Recommendations and nominations

Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Submit graduate student award recommendations and nominations via the graduate advising office dropbox.

Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award will be recognized at an online student awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021.