Proposals Due

June 17, 2024 by midnight

Start Date

August 2024 to May 2025

2024 RLM Fellowship Request for Applications


RLM Fellowships are intended for exceptional scientists who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded, the doctoral degree. Applicants cannot have had more than one year of postdoctoral experience from other institutions, nor been employed as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Current employees, fellows, and students of Washington University in St. Louis are not eligible. Selected applicants must show eligibility for obtaining/holding a J-1 Scholar visa for the duration of the RLM Fellowship, if applicable. Applicants currently on H1B visas are not eligible. As of July 1, 2019, all postdoctoral appointments must pass a criminal background check.

Eligibility and Terms of Appointment

  • Fellows are required to work in the lab of a CRM faculty member on a project that directly focuses on regenerative medicine. This is a full time research position. A listing of faculty can be found here.
  • RLM Fellowships are granted for a period of two years. The Fellowship term is expected to begin no later than May following the year in which you applied.
  • Arrangements for terms of extended employment of the fellow in the lab at the end of the RLM fellowship will be made directly between the host PI and the fellow.
  • A doctoral degree such as a Ph.D./D.Sc./M.D. must be awarded, and proof furnished to the CRM before the start of the Fellowship.
  • As Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini was herself an international scholar working at WUSTL, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply. 

The RLM Fellowship provides annual compensation, as well as fringes and health insurance, relocation/travel funds, a signing bonus, and research funds as detailed below.

CompensationTravel and/or Relocation FundsAdditional Funds
Year 1$61,008$4,000$10,000 signing bonus
Year 2$61,428$2,500$10,000 research funds
  • There is provision for relocation to (but not away from) WUSTL for RLM Fellows and their immediate families in Year 1 (up to $4,000).
  • RLM Fellows are eligible for WUSTL benefits. See for details
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the CRM, to acknowledge the CRM in publications and presentations, and to provide updates on progress.
  • We anticipate awarding six fellowships over the next 3-years: 2 in 2024 (current application cycle), 2 in 2025, and 2 in 2026. Sign up here to receive notifications once the application opens in future years.

Application Instructions

Instructions for completing the Rita Levi-Montalcini Fellowship Application

  • Please submit your application through our online system using password RLM2024. Materials received after the application deadline will not be accepted. If you experience problems with online submission, direct questions to
  • We will review written applications in June and provide notifications of next round interviews by early July. Final decisions will be released by August.
    • Round #1: Written Application (due June 17, 2024) – open to everyone
    • Round #2: Presentation and Interview (July 2024) – by invitation only
  • Candidates’ files may be reviewed by potential hosts for consideration for positions other than the RLM Fellowship.

Application Components:

  1. Biographical Information:  Provide all required information on the online form (use code RLM2024).
  2. CV: Provide a full current CV.
  3. Background and Scientific Accomplishments: Provide a brief (no more than 1-page, 0.5” margins, 11 pt font, Arial or Times New Roman) statement about your research and training background and contributions to science (can include key research findings, teaching, mentoring, service, outreach, etc).
  4. Relevance to Regenerative Medicine and Career Goals: Provide a brief (no more than 1-page, 0.5” margins, 11 pt font, Arial or Times New Roman) statement about the relevance of your proposed postdoctoral research or research interests to regenerative medicine and how this fellowship would help you to achieve your future career goals.
  5. Proposed CRM Host(s) and Training Plan: It is necessary for applicants to indicate which faculty member(s) they would be interested in working with. You are encouraged to contact your potential host(s) ahead of time and to work with them to prepare your application. A full list of CRM faculty can be found here. We would also be happy to help you to find a suitable match – please reach out to us at with any questions.
    • Option #1: The strongest applications will include a letter of support from the proposed host faculty with a brief overview of your anticipated project and training plan (2-pages max, 11 pt font, Arial or Times New Roman).
    • Option #2: If you are not able to find a CRM host lab before applying, please prepare a brief list of up to 5 potential CRM host labs and your rationale for selecting each.
  6. External Letters of Support: You must provide two letters of support from mentors that can write about your previous accomplishments and potential as a RLM Fellow. Mentors should email their letters directly to by the application deadline, clearly indicating the candidate that the letter supports.

Full consideration of an applicant will not be initiated until all materials have been received. Application materials must be received by the posted deadline.

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.