GSSP Funding



GSSP awards are intended as supplemental funds for use as stipends only.


1) Mentor must assume financial responsiblity for student's tuition, fees, research costs and health insurance benefits.

2) Students working towards their Ph.D must pass their qualifying exam by 1 July the year of funding and be in good academic standing to receive GSSP funds.

3) Applications are considered from all qualified candidates.  Priority will be given to those applicants not having received GSSP support in the previous funding cycle.

4) Companion animal research projects are strongly encouraged, although all meritorius research projects are appropriate.

GSSP Funding Categories

GSSP funds are made available annually on a competitive basis to eligible applicants in six different funding categories:

  1. Funding "packages" in support of individual PhD programs, including VSTP
  2. Emergency funds for continuing students
  3. Matching funds in support of extramurally-funded research training programs
  4. REACH Fellowship Program (Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health)
  5. The Peter C. Kennedy Endowed Fellowship in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
  6. The Ann T. Bowling Fellowship in Veterinary Genetics

Categorical funding allocations are sufficiently flexible to allow for tactical mid-year corrections in order to most effectively utilize available funds.

Funding "Packages" in Support of Individual PhD Programs

Traditional graduate PhD degree programs utilize a variety of sources by which to support living stipends, including block grants, individual faculty research grant funds, Center funds, and others. Assembling a variety of funding sources is essential to meeting the salary expectations of post-DVM students so as to be competitive and thus attract and recruit the most outstanding individuals. Further, candidates in traditional PhD programs usually spend most of their first year(s) in classes rather than in conducting laboratory research which sometimes makes it difficult for faculty mentors to provide or justify financial support during this time. Therefore, GSSP funds shall be made available to complete funding "packages" for individuals who already have the professional veterinary degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent foreign degree based on curricula and training), and who are enrolled in a graduate group.  GSSP funds to assemble support "packages" shall not be for more than 1 year.  The amount of GSSP funds requested will vary according to the graduate group and be dependent upon the level of contribution by the faculty mentor as demonstrated in a comprehensive multi-year financial plan submitted by the mentor in support of the candidate.

Emergency Funds for Continuing Students

GSSP funds are available to ensure continued, uninterrupted funding for an individual through to completion of their advanced scientific training. This category of funds is intended as "emergency funds" to provide backup in case all other funding opportunities for completing a candidate's training have been exhausted and the candidate is at risk of not being able to finish due solely to financial considerations. Continuing students shall have priority over new students for GSSP funds in this category.

Matching Funds in Support of Extramurally-Funded Research Training Programs

Pre- and post-doctoral research training programs funded usually by extramural agencies (e.g., NIH-supported) often require institutional matching funds as a condition of application and award. Therefore, GSSP funds shall be made available as matching funds for research training program applications if funded positions have been targeted specifically to, and are intended to be occupied by, veterinary students and/or veterinarians. The amount of the match will vary depending on individual application requirements and fund availability. In all cases, extramurally-funded research training programs with a mandated institutional match will receive priority over programs without a required match. Special considerations shall be made for insuring funding for existing programs before allocating funds to new programs.

REACH Fellowship Program

This program is intended to provide one year of stipend support for post-graduated veterinarians who have just completed their clinical residency training program to conduct and/or participate in a translational research program  The REACH program can be used as a one year post-doctoral experience or as a step on the way to matriculation into a formalized PhD program.

The Peter C. Kennedy Endowed Fellowship in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

The goal of the Peter C. Kennedy Fellowship is to support excellent post-DVM graduate trainees working towards the Ph.D. degree that are either board certified or eligible in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists [ACVP]. Applicants with a research emphasis in veterinary anatomic pathology are encouraged to apply, especially those whose research emphasizes the pathogenesis of naturally occurring diseases of animals that might not otherwise be supported by federal agencies focused on human health (e.g. by NIH).

The Kennedy Fellow for 2017 will receive a stipend of $35,000 plus 50% tuition and fees, and a travel allowance of up to $2,000 to attend the 2016 ACVP annual meeting to present their research findings. The student’s advisor is expected to fund the balance of the fellow’s tuition/fees and insurance, as well as the cost of research-related expenses.

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Ann T. Bowling Fellowship in Veterinary Genetics

This fellowship is directed towards fulltime graduate students in a UC Davis PhD program. Although the Graduate Group in which the student is enrolled is not specified, the student’s research project must be directed at identifying, understanding, and mitigating the genetic/genomic basis of heritable disorders afflicting veterinary species, including but not limited to equine, canine and feline. The fellow will perform a one-quarter of internship at the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory learning basic and applied genetic/genomic methods relevant to their dissertation topic.

Any fulltime PhD graduate student that has completed the DVM or is currently enrolled in the DVM/PhD dual degree program is eligible to apply. The applicant’s dissertation research must have a genetic/genomic focus and approach aimed at identifying and understanding heritable veterinary diseases, molecular veterinary forensics, or molecular epidemiology. The fellowship will provide a one year, $28,000 stipend award.

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Please contact Sue Kanoho at (530) 752-6612 or e-mail the SVM Graduate Student Support Program at with any questions or concerns.