Current UMD Students

Spring/Summer 2020 COMBINE cohort applications are now open | Apply here
Read below for application requirements
Deadline December 2, 2019

Whether you are seeking an NSF stipend or not, applications to the COMBINE program require the following:

  1. A current CV
  2. A half- to one-page statement of your interest in the COMBINE program.
  3. A one- to two-page statement of your research interests. This statement should cover both your prior research experience and your interests for future research.
    • New for this application cycle (optional, but encouraged): in addition to identifying your advisor, we encourage you to identify an out-of-field mentor or co-advisor who will provide input on your future research. Our goal is to help incentivize new interdisciplinary collaborations. If you identify an out-of-field mentor or co-advisor, please describe this person’s role in your statement. Note: The COMBINE program categorizes students into 3 broad disciplines: (A) life sciences, (B) physical/mathematical sciences, and (C) computational/engineering sciences. For your application, we encourage you to identify an out-of-field mentor from outside your broad discipline category.
  4. A UMD transcript (unofficial is okay).
  5. An undergraduate transcript (unofficial is okay for now).
  6. One or two letters of reference and (if applicable) a short email from your out-of-field mentor or co-advisor indicating they have signed on for that role. Please ask your these individuals to send their letters to with the subject “Reference for FirstName LastName”.

COMBINE fellows typically participate in the two main COMBINE courses in the calendar year of their application: CMSC828O (Network Analysis across Scales, Fall), and PHYS798N (Data Practicum, Spring) (see curriculum for more details).

NSF stipend start date can be requested to be anytime from January through August of the year that follows your application (earlier start dates may be possible under special circumstances).

If you are interested in the COMBINE program but not ready to apply for the Spring/Summer 2020 cohort, please let us know here. We will place you in our records and remind you of upcoming COMBINE events and deadlines.