Scientist Types

HHMI Investigators

Investigators are "trail blazers" who tackle difficult research questions that may take years to answer. Competitively selected, Investigators receive renewable seven-year appointments as HHMI employees, with generous and flexible funding for salary, lab staff, and equipment at their host institutions, where they remain working alongside their non-HHMI peers.

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Janelia Group Leaders

Group Leaders are independent scientists who direct a team of researchers at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Group Leaders have five-year renewable appointments (no tenure) with all salaries, benefits, and research funding – including all research and support staff – provided by HHMI.

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Freeman Hrabowski Scholars

Freeman Hrabowski Scholars are outstanding early career faculty committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.

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Hanna Gray Fellows

Hanna Gray Fellows are early career scientists with strong potential to become scientific leaders. They receive grant funding, mentoring, and community-building from HHMI.

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HHMI Professors

HHMI Professors are top scientists who purposefully bring hands-on research and rigor into their undergraduate science teaching. Professors receive a five-year grant from HHMI and becomes a permanent member of HHMI’s community.

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