MDI Biological Laboratory

IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowship Program

The Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is a collaborative network of Maine educational and research institutions led by the MDI Biological Laboratory and sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Each student is associated with a specific research project in the biomedical field, where they work closely with the faculty, other researchers and students.

INBRE mentors can be viewed on the INBRE website.

  • Open to undergraduates enrolled in specific Maine colleges and universities: Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, College of the Atlantic, Southern Maine Community College, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Machias, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Presque Isle, UMaine Augusta, UMaine, and UMaine Honors College.
  • Research sites include MDI Biological Laboratory, Maine INBRE network institutions, as well as Northeast scientific research sites across DelawareRhode IslandVermont, and New Hampshire
  • INBRE fellows receive housing, meal plans, and compensation. Travel is not funded.

Other Funding Sources

Other private funding sources are sometimes available, with various eligibility requirements and award amounts. Outstanding applicants for summer INBRE fellowships may be selected for other available funding awards for research at MDI Biological Laboratory.

Application Procedure

Online applications require the uploading of student-copy transcripts with fall semester grades, a resume/CV, and answers to several essay questions. Two faculty references are required, which are requested through the online application form. The online application system allows starting, saving for later, logging out, and logging back in to continue editing and augmenting information. Applications for 2025 will open in late fall.


Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in late March/early April.

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