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 (Canine, Feline and Equine) 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 five different funding categories:

  1. Funding "packages" in support of individual PhD programs, including VSTP
  2. Professional Masters Degree programs (e.g. MPH, MPVM)
  3. Emergency funds for continuing students
  4. Matching funds in support of extramurally-funded research training programs
  5. REACH Fellowship Program (Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health)

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.

Professional Masters Degree Programs

Professional Masters Degree applicants are 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 Professional Masters Degree program (e.g. MPH, MPVM). GSSP funding shall be allocated for a period of up to one year at an amount not to exceed predoctoral stipend levels recommended by the NIH (see "NRSA Stipends - FY 2013" )The likelihood of funding from GSSP shall also depend on the amount of matching funds provided by the Masters Degree Program group 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.


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