Apply for UC President’s 2021 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellowship --Deadline August 25

We invite you to consider applying for the UC President’s 2021 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellowship. This program will provide funding for up to 20 UC students and postdocs to attend the 2021 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, scheduled for June 27 to July 2, 2021. 

This is a fully funded opportunity for PhD students and postdocs to travel to Lindau and participate in discussions with the Nobel Laureates in Physiology/Medicine, as well as other graduate students and junior researchers from around the world. 

Find full information below. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 25.

Now accepting applications: UCSF will nominate up to 5 individuals to the UC Office of the President for consideration 

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 

70th Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Physiology/Medicine - June 27 – July 2, 2021 

UCSF internal application deadline: August 25 

Open to: Current UCSF PhD students and postdocs  

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) is actively seeking nominations for fellowships to attend the Lindau Interdisciplinary Meeting, scheduled for June 27 through July 2, 2021. This meeting will concentrate on the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research.   

Begun nearly seven decades ago, today the Lindau meetings bring together 600 university students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world who spend one week absorbing lectures by Nobel Laureates and interacting with them in smaller groups to discuss their own research. The theme of the meetings – educate, inspire, and connect – has led us to see these meetings as places where our students not only learn, but begin to build the research networks that will enrich their lives and help create the broadest sense of community. 


  • Current UCSF PhD students and postdocs age 35 and younger at time of the meeting 
  • Fluent in English and prepared to actively participate in discussions with laureates and young scientists 
  • Have very strong support for their application from advisor/PI or by an internationally renowned scientist who knows the applicant well (UCSF’s nominees will need to obtain two strong letters of recommendation) 
  • Belong to the top 5 percent of their class 
  • Evidence of excellent academic accomplishments and documented research work 
  • Postdocs should have no more than five years’ postdoc experience, have published research, and have presented their work at international conferences 
  • Please read Lindau Nobel full eligibility criteria before applying!  


UC’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer will provide funds for students and postdoctoral fellowsto travel to Lindau, Germany to participate in a Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Allowable expenses are covered by University of California Travel Policy. Fellows may be asked to travel to an orientation meeting prior to the Lindau Nobel Meeting. Expenses associated with that trip and any other trips authorized by the Office of the President for this purpose will be covered. 

How to Apply 

Submit the following by Tuesday, August 25 as attachments to an email to Erik Rotman ([email protected]): 

  • Comprehensive CV 
  • Statement of commitment to attend the entire meeting in Lindau, Germany 
  • Statement of purpose in attending the meeting (maximum 2 pages), including how your background satisfies the criteria for selection and how attending the Lindau meeting may impact the trajectory of your career. For the 2021 interdisciplinary science meeting, this statement must emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the applicant’s work. 

The UCSF Graduate Division Dean’s Office will nominate up to five people to the UC President’s Office. If you are one of UCSF’s nominees, you will need to obtain two strong letters of recommendation in support of your application by September 29. See more details below. 

Review Process 

The UCSF Graduate Division Dean’s Office will select up to five individuals from the applicant pool to nominate to the UC Office of the President, based on Lindau’s eligibility criteria. Nominees will be notified by September 1. Each selected nominee will need to provide TWO strong letters of recommendation by September 29 from current advisor/PI/mentor, a former advisor/PI/mentor, or an internationally renowned scientist who knows them well(Read here what a strong letter of recommendation includes, and what it does not.Nominees will be screened by Lindau and an advisory group appointed the UC President. Up to 20 individuals from throughout the UC system will be selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2021. 


  • UCSF’s eligibility requirements and application: Erik Rotman ([email protected])  
  • The program, and the UC selection process: UC Davis professor Robert Powell ([email protected])  


UCSF Graduate Division