Edward A. Doisy Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Program Description
  • Award
  • Eligibility
  • Scholar Responsibilities
  • Application
  • Deadline
  • Contact
Program Description
The Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accepting applications for the Edward A. Doisy Graduate Research Scholarship to support an outstanding Ph.D. graduate student in the Program of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The Doisy Graduate Research Scholarship is a highly competitive Ph.D. scholarship within the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at Saint Louis University. We are looking for applicants with outstanding scholastic achievement and potential success in graduate education, along with significant laboratory research experience.
The scholarship includes a $32,000 yearly stipend, tuition and health insurance for up to 5 years. The awardee may start between June 1 and the first day of classes in August.
Scholars will be mentored by a primary faculty member of the Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), who will provide close guidance and support in research, grant writing, and publishing. The Scholar will conduct research year-round in the faculty member's laboratory, leading to a Doctoral Thesis.

The department will provide the academic and physical resources required for the Scholar's training. Scholars will also participate in, and contribute to, departmental activities, including journal clubs, seminars, retreats and poster sessions.
Interested candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident. Candidates must also be accepted by Saint Louis University as a classified (degree-seeking) student, either as a new Ph.D. student or enrolled for no more than twelve months in a current Ph.D. program.
Scholar Responsibilities
New scholars will take the first year coursework in the School of Medicine Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, and, in subsequent years, will take the required courses in the BMB Program. Scholars may rotate in up to four BMB departmental laboratories during their first year, but will be required to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by the end of their first year. After the first year, Scholars will take the Comprehensive and Candidacy Examinations required by the BMB Graduate Program.
To continue a scholarship appointment, the Scholar must remain in good academic standing by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 during each academic year of appointment and by not receiving a grade lower than a B in any course. If a Scholar's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.5, the student will be terminated from the Scholarship. Scholars who receive a grade of I (Incomplete) must comply with SLU's academic standards as outlined in the Graduate Education Catalog.
Application Process
Applicants must complete the application process by February 1. The program is highly competitive and early application is recommended.
The application procedure contains two steps:

  1. Application to Saint Louis University

  2. Potential Scholars must first apply for admission into the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at Saint Louis University. Applications must be submitted online via the Saint Louis University Graduate Education Admissions web page.

  3. Information to the Department of Biochemistry

  4. Applicants should submit two additional items directly to the Department. These can be sent either by e-mail or postal mail.

    • A brief personal statement describing their motivation for pursuing graduate training in Biomedical Sciences and their long-term career goals.

    • A three to five page evaluation/review of a recent research publication that you find of particular interest. The evaluation should include (i) a description of the research problem and goal of the work; (ii) a brief but critical explanation of the experiments performed; (iii) a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the experimental data; (iv) the significance of the reported findings and conclusions; and (v) a brief description of the direction you would take if you were to extend the work described in the paper.
The application deadline is February 1, 2015 for students starting in the Fall of 2015. Early application is highly recommended.
Contact Information
Mailing Address:

Doisy Scholarship Applicant Admissions
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1100 South Grand Blvd.
Doisy Research Center, Room 516
St. Louis, MO 63104