Putnam Research Fellowship Requirements

Frank W. Putnam Research Fellowship

IU alumni Yu-Sheng “Victor” and Lin-Dee Liu created the Putnam Research Fellowship in 2013 to honor Victor’s faculty mentor, Frank Putnam, who served on our faculty for 23 years. The Liu family funded this fellowship via its Building Futures Foundation, which supports its charitable endeavors aiding educational programs in the U.S., China, South Korea, South East Asia, and Africa.


IUB graduate students from either the Department of Biology or the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Program who meet the below-stated criteria are eligible to apply.

  • This fellowship goes to a graduate student in good academic standing who is pursuing a Ph.D. in cell biology or biochemistry.
  • Applicant must be pursuing research that emphasizes immunology, protein chemistry, or human oncology.
  • Candidate must be an advanced-level graduate student who has successfully passed his or her qualifying examination as required for the Ph.D. degree.


$3,000. This competitive award will be disbursed during the summer.

Save the application form to your computer. Fill out the form using Adobe Acrobat Professional DC. (Acrobat Pro may be downloaded for free from under the "Design & Production" section of IUWare.) Choose "Save as" and rename your completed form as your Lastname_firstname_2020.pdf (example: Wyss_kathy_2020.pdf). Mac users: Please take the extra step of opening your completed form in Preview, select "print," and then use the "Save as PDF" option to resave the form to ensure your application is readable in Windows.

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Recommendations and nominations

Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Please upload student award recommendations and nominations to the "Recommendations" dropbox.

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Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award were to be recognized at a student awards ceremony on Friday, May 1, 2020; however, to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was cancelled.