Student Fellowships & Opportunities

This page was designed to assisst Graduate Students in finding and applying for research education and training opportunities. These opportunities vary in location (from local to international) throughout the year.

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Office of Graduate Studies, External Fellowships and Grants Listing for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars by deadline

For a comprehensive listing of external fellowships, funding search engines, resources, and information on application processing please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.



ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

Deadline is May 1, 2014

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

Students will be:

  • Required to submit an abstract each year to ASM for presentation at the annual ASM General Meeting
  • Required to attend the ASM Kadner Institute or  the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute one time during the three-year tenure of the fellowship

The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three year period (July 2014-June 2017). Students will receive six stipend payments. Funds cannot be used for tuition and fees.

Click here for more information


The Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

Deadline is May 15, 2014

The Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education seeks applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scientists for the 2014 ASM Kadner Institute, formerly known as the Graduate and Postdoctoral Summer Institute in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology.

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Postitions Available for UC San Diego Research Training Program for Veterinarians (T32 Grant)

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2014

The Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine in San Diego http://vetsciences.ucsd.edu offers a research training program for veterinary graduates as post-doctoral fellows or to enroll in a PhD program. The objective of the program is to prepare veterinary graduates for a career in biomedical research.
Eligibility:
• DVM/VMD degree from an AVMA-accredited school (or completed all ECFVG or PAVE requirements)
• Commitment to pursue a basic research training
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident

-more information-



Fulbright U.S. Scholarship Program

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2014

Visit fulbright.ucdavis.edu for more information


Plum Island PostDocs/Grad Students

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS, USDA), is immediately seeking a highly motivated and energetic Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with post-DVM training to join the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit team at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). This position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity of renewal for up to 5 years. The position will primarily involve working within the facility’s BSL-3 containment laboratory conducting research related to pathogenesis, vaccinology, epidemiology, and screening tools for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) and/or African swine fever virus (ASFV).     

PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. Research at PIADC is performed on animal diseases that threaten the nation's animal industries and exports. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States.

The PIADC Research Participation Program does NOT have application deadlines. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.

For more information click here


Exploring state-of-the-art research that fosters improvement of human and animal health

Interested in exploring state-of-the-art research that fosters improvement of human and animal health?
 
Curious about career opportunities for veterinarians in research?

Looking for an opportunity to visit other Colleges of Veterinary Medicine?

If so, then consider applying to one of numerous summer research programs offered by veterinary schools across the country.


Merial Veterinary Scholars  (http://www.merialscholars.com/)

National and Canadian Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students (http://cvm.msu.edu/research/summer-research-program-1/national-and-canadian-research-opportunities/national-and-canadian-research-opportunities-for-veterinary-students)

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (for T35 supported programs) (http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/cm/resource_dirtawards.aspx)


These programs provide veterinary medical students with opportunities to perform mentored research in a number of exciting scientific disciplines, attend and participate in a national symposium and at the same time be paid a competitive stipend.  
Program time-lines, locations and research foci vary such that you can surely find a program that fits your goals.

Your Profession needs researchers and last year alone, over 400 veterinary students participated in summer research programs that was capped off by attending the National Merial/NIH Symposium!   If you are among this growing cadre of students who want to explore the excitement and personal rewards of research, there is a great resource for you and your peers provided by the colleges of veterinary medicine.


NIH Sponsored Opportunities

NIH T35 Summer Research Training for Veterinary Students


Summer Internships at NIH

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

NIH Summer Internships in Pathology


NIH T32 and T35 Training Grants for Veterinary Students
Participating Institutions


Other Opportunities

Cornell University Leadership Program for Veterinary Students

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Student and Summer Employment Opportunities - USDA, Agriculture Research Services

Harvard Medical School, Summer Program for Veterinary Students at the New England Primate Research Center

Havemeyer Foundation Equine Fellowship

University of Michigan Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM): Programs for Veterinarians and Veterinary Students

Summer Fellowships in Lab Animal Medicine in the US

American Society of Laboratory Animal Medicine Preceptorships

Tulane National Primate Research Center 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Research training opportunities for veterinary students at CDC
The Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students

Post-DVM Research Opportunities at CDC:
Epidemic Intelligence Service 
All Training Opportunities at CDC:

http://www.cdc.gov/fellowships


NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP)

A superb opportunity for nurturing veterinary students towards an academic and research career!  The program is the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, a one-year research-training program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD).  Applications are accepted annually from Oct 1 through Jan 15.  The MRSP is designed for veterinary, medical, and dental students who already have had some clinical training experiences.  To be eligible to participate, students must be US citizens or permanent residents, attend an appropriately accredited school, and receive permission from their school to participate in the MRSP.   The academic and practical benefits of the program are excellent, and the operating philosophy is completely consonant with the One World, One Health, One Medicine concept. We need more veterinary students to apply to this special program, which we believe can be of great benefit to academic veterinary medicine.  For more information:  (http://www.cc.nih.gov/training/mrsp/)

NIH Includes Veterinarians as Eligible for Loan Repayment

In a new development, veterinarians are now listed under the “general eligibility requirements” for student loan repayment programs administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the NIH website, click here.  The site states that, to qualify for loan repayment, “you must have a health professional doctoral degree (M.D., Psy.D., Pharm. D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M, D.C., N.D., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree) from an accredited institution…”

The specific inclusion of DVMs resulted from meetings with NIH representatives, arranged by the AAVMC’s governmental affairs firm of Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis (CRD) Associates, LLC.

AAVMC will continue to work with CRD Associates to expand the inclusion of veterinarians to clinical NIH loan repayment programs.
For more information, click here


FDA Veterinary Clerkship Program

Experience the power of protecting human and animal health. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Veterinary Clerkship Program is the only one of its kind in the United States. The program is designed to give fourth year veterinary students a real-world opportunity to see how policies guiding the approval of new animal drugs are developed and implemented by FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).  Application to the FDA Veterinary Clerkship Program is open worldwide to veterinary students currently enrolled in both AVMA and non-AVMA – accredited veterinary schools. All students must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and in good academic standing.  For more information, click here.


Matching Funds for External Fellowships

External fellowships represent important opportunities to increase graduate student support and provide valuable professional development. The Graduate Studies office has announce a new policy on matching commitments for external graduate fellowships available on our policy page, click here.

This new policy significantly expands the number of external fellowships for which Graduate Studies will provide matching commitments. Our goal is to stimulate students to apply for fellowships and to encourage programs to work with their students to develop competitive applications. At the same time, we hope to simplify the process by which Graduate Studies provides matching funds.

There are two main lists of fellowships, one for which Graduate Studies will provide a match and the other for which Graduate Studies will partner with the program to provide a match. These lists are expected to be dynamic and will be revised as students apply for and are successful in receiving fellowships from new extramural sources.