Institute for Protein Design

WRF Innovation Fellows Program

Congratulations to our WRF Innovation Fellows! Learn more about each fellow at this link:

Next Round WRF Innovation Fellowship Applications Are Due July 15, 2015.

WRF Innovation Fellows Program Details

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.

                       WRF Venn Diagram

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.

Fellow Qualifications

WRF Innovation Fellows must have an outstanding scientific record. They 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. Evaluation criteria for the candidate Fellows are 1) the Fellow’s record of research and other accomplishments and 2) the quality of the proposed research plan and relevance to the goal of promoting applications of protein design methodology.

Application Requirements

Application requirements and format guidelines can be found at the following link:
All application material will be submitted via the Interfolio platform found at this link:

Project Ideas

A list of potential WRF Innovation Fellow research areas at the IPD and collaborating faculty (PI Mentors) can be found here:

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  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, April 15, July 15, and October 15 at midnight Pacific Time.


Please contact the WRF Innovation Fellows program at with any inquiries about the fellowship or application process.