The Quantitative Biology Initiative offers salary and tuition support to Harvard PhD students to pursue research projects at the interface of biology, mathematics, engineering & computation. Students receiving awards will be expected to participate in seminars, retreats, and workshops of the Initiative.

Deadline: April 1, 2019. Award: 25-100% of stipend and tuition (depending on commitment level and need) from 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2020. Criteria: Applications should discuss the proposed research and how it fits into the aims of QuantBio. We welcome students whose work involves collaboration between two PIs, one of whose expertise is in biology and the other in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics. Application: Applications will be accepted through the Harvard University Funding Portal after Feb 1, 2019.




The Quantitative Biology Initiative seeks to jump-start new collaborations between Harvard faculty from FAS and/or SEAS on problems at the interface of biology, mathematics, engineering, and computation. The seed grants will support novel, high-risk projects involving faculty from different disciplines. We are especially interested in proposals that involve both a compelling biological problem and the application or development of a new technique/approach (experimental, computational, or statistical). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: cell fate and cellular decision-making, self-organization at the subcellular and cellular scales, and adaptation of living systems.

Deadline: None (rolling). Award: One year, up to $100K. Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated in terms of potential for novel findings, potential to yield longer-term collaborations, and relevance to the goals of the QuantBio Initiative. Teams that include 3 (or more) PIs who have not previously collaborated will be most strongly favored. Application: Applications will be accepted through the Harvard University Funding Portal after Feb 1, 2019.




We now welcome applications to the Visiting Scholars Program at the NSF-Simons Research Center for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems at Harvard University. The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to bring diverse researchers to the Center for visits of 1 -12 weeks. Visiting Scholars will take part in Center activities, including our weekly seminar series and lab meeting, and will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students across science and engineering departments at Harvard and other local institutions.


Deadline: None (rolling). Award: Travel and lodging will be provided for the duration of the visit (1-12 weeks). Criteria: We are interested in hosting scholars who bring new perspectives to the Center. Preference will be given to applicants who can bridge existing disciplines, establish new collaborations, or otherwise enhance the quality and success of our community. Scholars with no previous affiliation to Harvard are strongly encouraged to apply. Application: Please submit the following to QuantBio at harvard dot edu (subject line: Visiting Scholars Program):

  • Brief (1-page) description of your research, written in a manner accessible to a multidisciplinary science & engineering community

  • Brief (1-page) description of your intended program of study at the Center and what you would contribute to our community

  • CV

  • Proposed timeframe of visit (potential dates and duration)




We will be recruiting a new class of independent fellows this year. Application information will be available in spring of 2019.