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.

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

Apply through One.IU

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To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 7 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.

To be considered for Biology awards, you must complete a Conditional Application after you have completed the general application. This application requires you to upload a current CV, a personal statement, and the email address of your advisor who will supply a letter of recommendation.

Some awards may require additional application materials to be submitted. IU Scholarships will notify you if you are eligible for awards that require an additional application.


Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Student applicants provide the name and email address of the recommender as part of their scholarship/fellowship applications. Recommenders will receive an email notification from the IU awards application system with instructions for submitting letters of recommendation.

Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award will be recognized at a student awards ceremony to be held on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. in Biology Bldg. A100.