Pre-doctoral visiting scholar program

The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB, at Penn State is soliciting applications to support pre-doctoral visiting scholars. The program is intended for students who are working on their PhDs outside Penn State who would like to visit Penn State for a few months to work on a research project with one of our faculty. International students are welcome. You can use this opportunity to:

  • Work with our renowned faculty on a research project that fits your thesis
  • Expand your research horizons by attending our weekly seminars (
  • Expose yourself to a vibrant and inter-disciplinary research environment.
  • Prepare for your next career steps by broadening your science network and gaining new experience.
  • Explore an opportunity for a potential postdoc at PSU.
  • Experience life in an idyllic American college town in a multicultural environment.

Interested students can learn more about the research performed at CCBB by visiting the webpages of our faculty ( After identifying a potential faculty host, please reach out to gauge their interest and develop a plan for the visit. Applications should be submitted by your potential host to with the following information: name of host and of visiting scholar, CV of visiting scholar, a brief research proposal for the visit (between 100 and 400 words), and the proposed timeline of the stay (should be between 1 and 6 months). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

If your application is accepted, CCBB will reimburse your travel expenses. Your host may be able to provide you with additional funding, but this is something you should discuss with your host. It is the responsibility of the host to make sure that you qualify for reimbursement prior to the trip being arranged. You and your host may also be asked to fill out a short outcomes survey or otherwise help for reporting purposes.

Feel free to contact if you have any questions.