Graduate Student Support Program (GSSP)

About the Program

The Graduate Student Support Program (GSSP) is a competitive fellowship opportunity sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Education, in the School of Veterinary Medicine and is awarded to close the gap between existing funds and the students' graduate group compensation plan. GSSP awards are intended as supplemental funds for graduate students working towards their PhD or Master’s degrees in veterinary affiliated research. The fellowship program provides supplemental funding for graduate students with or without a veterinary degree who are working on their research project required for degree completion. Applicants must be actively engaged in obtaining the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master's (MS) degree or a research-based Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM). 

VSTP students are eligible to apply regardless of the primary affiliation of their primary mentor. Students seeking a PhD (no DVM), post-DVM PhD, or MPVM are eligible to apply to GSSP only if their primary mentor has a primary appointment in the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). All students seeking a PhD or MPVM whose primary mentor has a primary faculty appointment in the SVM and is a member of the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) are encouraged to apply.

Mission Statement

"To seek, secure, and grant support on a competitive basis to the most outstanding individuals seeking advanced scientific training degrees in a specific field of biomedical sciences and whose primary research mentor has an appointment in the School of Veterinary Medicine"

Through this mission, the GSSP hopes to contribute substantively to the national need for advanced scientific training, especially in areas that benefit animal and human health. The ultimate goal of the GSSP is to develop scientific leaders of the future that participate as academicians and/or clinical scientists with strong independent research program(s).

The GSSP intends to ...

  1. attract the very best graduate students
  2. promote scientific excellence
  3. combine merit, scientific, and need-based support
  4. insure reliable and consistent funding, and
  5. develop mentors and academic role-models


Please contact the SVM Graduate Student Support Program at with any questions or concerns.