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.


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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

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.

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 .

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.

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UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center - T32 Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program Call for Applications (Graduate Students)

Deadline to submit:  Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
All applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to:  Connie Koog at

The CTSC is pleased to announce a call for graduate student applicants to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored T32 Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program (CTSC-T32).  The CTSC-T32 program is part of a fully integrated approach by the UC Davis CTSC to advance research education and training for multidisciplinary, clinical and translational investigators working to improve human health. The overall goal of the T32 program is to provide pre-doctoral medical students and basic-science students with skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to human health.  The CTSC-T32 training program is expected to strongly advantage scholars in preparing for successful careers in translational research.

Graduate students pursuing health related research and enrolled in UC Davis PhD programs are eligible to apply.  Scholars will be selected based on a competitive application process in which student academic qualifications, career goals, and the quality of the training environment will be important considerations for funding. CTSC T32 graduate student positions are funded from various UCD Schools and Colleges.

Six positions are available for the 2014-15 program and will be funded as follows: (1) College of Biological Sciences, (2) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and (3) College of Engineering, student must have a major professor who holds an appointment in these departments/schools. (4) School of Veterinary Medicine, student must have a DVM or be pursuing a DVM/PhD. (5) Office of Graduate Studies, student must be enrolled in a UCD PhD graduate program and (6) School of Nursing, students must be enrolled in the SON PhD program.

Applicants must identify a potential faculty mentor and develop a proposed research plan in consultation with that mentor to be submitted with the application.  Award recipients are required to make a full year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) commitment to all components of the training program, which includes the proposed research, didactic instruction and clinical experiences (including the Summer Program), while simultaneously meeting the requirements of their respective graduate programs.

Awardees will receive a stipend and resident graduate student fees (equivalent to those of a California resident) for one year, as well as funds for research and travel expenses. Please be advised that the research budget must be administered under the current NIH directive with respect to clinical trial research and can only be used to offset research costs that do not directly support clinical trials. For example, T32 funds may not be used to pay subjects or purchase medications. In addition, all funds must be managed by UC Davis, and not by off-site entities. As always, direct billing for services is permitted. All budgetary items should be reviewed and approved prior to initiating studies.

Eligibility Criteria:
·        UC Davis pre-doctoral graduate student in good standing
·        Strong academic credentials and good communication skills
·        Ability to commit to all requirements of the training program, including an 5-week summer didactic session
·        Proposed research project must be relevant to human health
·        Interest in developing a career in multidisciplinary, translational biomedical research
·        Identification of a faculty mentor and strong mentor support
·        No previous support from CTSC Training Programs, such as the HHMI-IMBI or CTSC T32.

Application Instructions:
Applications with supporting documents, which include: a copy of your CV, two letters of recommendation, one must be from your proposed faculty mentor and that mentor’s biosketch in a single PDF file; submitted by email to Connie Koog at: No paper applications will be accepted. For questions, please contact Connie at 916-703-9132.

To complete the application go to:  

Applications will be reviewed by a CTSC committee chaired by program directors Dr. Nicholas Kenyon and Dr. Saul Schaefer.

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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  (

National and Canadian Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students (

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (for T35 supported programs) (

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

Havemeyer Foundation Equine Fellowship

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

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:

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:  (

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.