Michael Rale

Graduate student Rale awarded Gilliam Fellowship to support diversity in science

Michael Rale

Princeton doctoral student Michael Rale has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as one of 39 new Gilliam Fellows this year.

The awards, established by HHMI, support exceptionally promising doctoral students motivated to pursue careers in academic science. The program's goal is to prepare a diverse and highly trained scientific workforce that can help develop the next generation of scientists.

Rale is a Ph.D. candidate in molecular biology who is advised by Sabine Petry, an assistant professor of molecular biology.

The Gilliam Fellowships were established in 2004 in honor of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., a charter trustee of HHMI who spent his life fostering excellence and diversity in education and science. Since then, HHMI has provided more than $21 million to fund the fellowship program.

Each fellow will receive an annual award totaling $46,000, which includes a stipend, training allowance and an institutional allowance, for up to three years. 

As part of the fellowship, each student's adviser will participate in a year of mentoring development activities, including online training and an in-person workshop at HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.