Student Fellowships & Opportunities
This page was designed to assist Graduate Students in finding and applying for research education and training opportunities. These opportunities vary in location (from local to international) throughout the year.
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.
GradLink is an electronic newsletter for the graduate education community at UC Davis and published by Graduate Studies. For current and recent editions of GradLink, go to http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/publications/gradlink/. In addition, GradLink events are listed on the Graduate Studies calendar.
Extramural Fellowship and Grant Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars (from the Office of Graduate Studies)
For a comprehensive listing of external fellowships, funding search engines, resources, and information on application processing, please see http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/financial-support/external-fellowships/z-listing
Grad Pathways Workshops & Courses
Graduate Studies offers unparalleled opportunities and support for professional and career development. Their nationally-recognized GradPathways program has served as a model for other graduate student and postdoctoral professional development programs across the nation. This comprehensive program is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars succeed both at UC Davis and in their chosen career paths.
Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Big Ideas is designed as a year-long process. Through training and mentoring, students develop the skills necessary to plan, launch and manage for success. These include critical thinking, market analysis, team-building and presentation skills. Students enter the contest with creative ideas for social impact, and Big Ideas provides the resources that enable the students to make their project ideas concrete, feasible, and scalable. Several of our students have been successful proposers in the past.
Detailed information on the program is available at http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/about/.
This year, Berkeley is expanding the Big Ideas Program to all UC campuses, and to a number of other universities. They have identified 8 categories to which students can propose initiatives (see attached). One of these is Global Health, which seems especially relevant to students in our programs, but please note that students can apply to any of the categories in which they have an interest.
UC Davis graduate students are encouraged to propose big ideas! Not only is this an opportunity to garner significant funding, but participation will undoubtedly enrich your professional career. Mentors, please encourage your students to participate especially if you are aware that they have a BIG idea.
After reading the attached description of the program and visiting the website, feel free to contact Professor Jarvis (firstname.lastname@example.org), our local contact, by email with any additional questions you have about the program. We anticipate that there will be a conference call with Big Ideas Berkeley on October 13, followed by direct meetings on the Davis campus a week or so later. The attached timeline will indicate to interested students how the process is intended to evolve.
Big Ideas Categories (.pdf)
Big Ideas Timeline (.pdf)
Phil and Karen Drayer Wildlife Health Center Fellowship Award
The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center is pleased to request proposals for the Phil and Karen Drayer Wildlife Health Center Fellowship Award. The WHC funds UC Davis student research related to ecosystem health and diseases of free-ranging wildlife through this competitive grant program. The WHC goals are to evaluate the health of free-ranging wildlife populations. Each year, the grant committee awards three to five proposals funding up to $5,000 per award. The student grant program is made possible by the generous contributions of concerned individuals.
Eligible grantees: Graduate students working with a UC Davis-School of Veterinary Medicine faculty sponsor
Criteria for evaluation: Proposal will be evaluated based on scientific merit, quality of the proposal, ability of the investigator to complete the project, and the project’s contribution to the student’s advanced degree
Review process: Grants are reviewed by a panel of the previous year’s grant recipients
Requirements for recipient: Final report; participation in next year’s grant review panel
Proposals are now open for 2016. Application deadline: December 7, 2015; announcement of awards will be made by February 15, 2016. Please download the Request for Proposals and application form here: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/research/student_fellowship.cfm
World Health Organization (WHO) Zoonosis and Epidemiology Intern Program
WHO accepts students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs as interns. These students work on a project or activity and gain the experience of being at WHO. More information on this program can be found on the WHO website at http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/ .
In addition to the WHO-wide recruiting system, some departments recruit interns directly. The Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses has established a program, in collaboration with the Department of Global Preparedness, Surveillance and Response, to allow veterinary students interested in epidemiology or public health to gain experience in event based surveillance for zoonotic diseases, disease tracking at the human animal interface, and joint risk assessment.
WHO is offering four three-month internships per year; Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, and Oct-Dec.
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
Summer Internships at NIH
NIH T32 and T35 Training Grants for Veterinary Students
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:
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 announced a new policy on matching commitments for external graduate fellowships available on the Graduate Studies Fellowships Page.
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.