Graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), and the School of Arts and Sciences may apply for funding to support research and education in mechanobiology across length scales. Funding is provided by the T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Mechanobiology from nm to cm (MBnc), which supports an integrated program including coursework, research, and other activities.

Awardees are expected to continue their doctoral studies within their current science and engineering departments. The Fellowship is intended to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary coursework and research experiences in across length scales and disciplines, within existing doctoral programs.

Selection will be made from students currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of graduate training. Students will be selected from laboratories of faculty members doing research in some aspect of mechanobiology; mentorship or co-mentorship by a member of the MBnc program faculty is required. Applications will be evaluated by a panel selected by the executive committee of the MBnc training program.

At least three new students will be selected in 2018; 1st and 2nd-year students will receive two-year Fellowships; 3rd year students will receive support for one year. Fellowships will provide $24,324 during 2018-2019 toward the student stipend, and up to $1000 each year for travel to a scientific or technical meeting. Fellows may also apply for additional funds up to $2000 annually to support other training.

Applications for Affiliate Fellowships will also be accepted. An affiliate fellow will participate in program activities and receive travel and training funds. The affiliate fellow will not receive the stipend. To apply for an Affiliate Fellowship, please follow the application requirements below and add a note on the application cover page that you’re seeking an Affiliate Fellowship.


  • Fill out this Application Cover Page, which includes:
      1. Name, social security number, birth date, address, academic program and year in program
      2. Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
      3. Mentor with whom the student is or will be working
      4. Educational background
      5. Please include your GRE or equivalent test scores and GPA in the Special Notes section.
  • Clear photocopy of student’s Washington University identification badge
  • Copy of unofficial transcript from Washington University
  • CV or resume
  • Recommendation letters from the faculty sponsor and one other faculty member sent directly to Laura Barker via email
  • A description of the student’s PhD dissertation goals (1 page or less)
  • Short description (less than 1 page) describing the student’s interest in the program. This description should make clear the role of mechanobiology in the student’s research and training plan. It should also include the following information:
    1. The two cross-disciplinary courses that the student plans to take (or has taken).
    2. A cross-disciplinary discussion group or “journal club” in which the student plans to participate (or has participated).
    3. Confirmation that the student’s PhD committee will include (a) a member from the biological sciences and a member with expertise in mechanics, and (b) faculty with expertise covering different length scales (molecular/cellular, or cell/tissue, e.g.).
    4. Confirmation that the student will participate in key programmatic activities.
      1. “Brown-bag” lunch meetings (1/month)
      2. Annual retreat (1/year)
      3. Outreach to K-12 students or community (1/year)

Mechanobiology Fellowship Application Instructions 2018

Mentor List 2018

Mechanobiology Courses Partial List 2018

NOTE: U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency is required.

Applications should be submitted by July 2, 2018 to:
Laura Barker
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Campus Box 1185
or by e-mail to

For questions about the program, e-mail the MBnc Program Director, Philip Bayly, at


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