WRF Innovation Fellows Program

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is fortunate to be situated in Seattle with a wealth of expertise in healthcare, medicine, computer science, materials science and engineering both at the UW and at the many Seattle-based independent research institutes. With a very generous $8 M gift from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the IPD has launched the WRF Innovation Fellows Program supporting research partnerships between the IPD and other Seattle-area research institutes or UW departments.

We are seeking talented researchers who have just finished their PhD to join the laboratories of mentor principal investigators (PI Mentors) at local institutions where, in partnership with the IPD, they will apply protein design methods to current health, energy, and materials related research problems.

Next Round WRF Innovation Fellowship Applications Are Due July 15, 2017.

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Fellow Qualifications

Scientific Excellence: WRF Innovation Fellows must have an outstanding scientific record.

Recent PhD graduates: Fellows must have received their PhD degree by the time they begin their fellowship appointment, but no more than two years prior to the application due date for which their application is considered.

Individuals new to the Seattle protein design community: The intent of the fellowship is to recruit top scientific talent to Seattle-area labs to work on protein design related problems.  It is strongly preferred that applicants have either not yet started a postdoctoral position in Seattle or that they be within the first three months of such a position as of the application due date for which they are being considered.  Additionally, it is strongly preferred that applicants have not spent more than three months doing protein design work in the Seattle area as of the application due date.

Evaluation criteria for applicants are:

  • The fellow’s record of research and other accomplishments
  • The quality of the proposed research plan
  • The relevance of the research plan to the goal of promoting applications of protein design methodology

Application Requirements

Application requirements and format guidelines can be found at the following link: http://www.ipd.uw.edu/wrf-application-requirements/.
All application material will be submitted via the Interfolio platform found at this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/24848

Project Ideas

A list of potential WRF Innovation Fellow research areas at the IPD and collaborating faculty (PI Mentors) can be found here: http://www.ipd.uw.edu/wrf-ipd-research-areas/

Info for PI Mentors

PI Mentors:  To propose a project for a WRF Innovation Fellow, e-mail a 1 paragraph research project description with relevant web links to wrfipd@uw.edu.  The descriptions are posted to our WRF IPD Research Areas web page.

Application Deadline

WRF Innovation Fellows proposed projects and fellowship applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis with due dates on January 15 and July 15 at midnight Pacific Time.


Please contact the WRF Innovation Fellows program at wrfipd@uw.edu with any inquiries about the fellowship or application process. In addition to the IPD WRF Innovation Fellows, there are three other WRF Innovation Fellowship programs at the UW in Data Science, Clean Energy, and Neuroengineering. Links to these sites can be found at http://wrf.washington.edu/.

Co-funding opportunity. Please not that there is  the possibility of co-funding between two WRF-funded institutes. Candidates interested in joint WRF appointments should complete the full application process for both institutes and clearly indiate on your application that you have applied to another institute (specify which one). In addition, the applicant should include a paragraph that clearly indicates the rationale and fit of a joint appointment.

WRF Innovation Fellows