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 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

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.

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Travel Awards

Graduate students who have traveled, or will be traveling, to present at meetings of nationally and international recognized professional societies between July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 may now apply for the Graduate Studies Fall Travel Award.  The award is for students who are near the completion of their degree who have not previously received the award.  Students must be in good academic standing, registered in full-time status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The application deadline for students is October 15, 2014. Applications must be turned in to the student's graduate program for first review.

Please see website for details of the award and application procedure:

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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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Cancer Research Network Scholars Program Call for Applications

The Cancer Research Network is pleased to announce its Call for Applications for the CRN Scholars Program.

Deadline to submit required Letter of Intent:  September 15, 2014
Upon invitation, deadline to submit Full Application:  December 1, 2014

About the Training Program

The CRN Scholars Program is a 26-month training activity that aims to help junior investigators develop research independence using CRN resources to conduct population-based, multi-site and multi-disciplinary studies that leverage the network’s strengths.  The program is open to junior investigators from academic institutions, cancer centers, and other research centers who are interested in pursuing research in the CRN’s areas of focus, including prevention and screening, epidemiology of cancer prognosis and outcomes, health care quality and cost, communications and dissemination/implementation, and informatics.   The emphasis is on development of careers that conduct research in CRN settings, in collaboration with CRN researchers.

Primary aims of this Program are to:

1.        Train junior investigators - CRN Scholars - in the methods, culture, and research opportunities available through the CRN.
2.        Enable CRN Scholars to establish research contacts within the CRN to facilitate collaborative research and to improve access to CRN-affiliated researchers, CRN-specific resources, and the resources of the integrated health care systems in the network.
3.        Support and mentor CRN Scholars to achieve two critical career landmarks of independent investigators: a) becoming PI on a successful R01 grant (or equivalent); and b) becoming first author on an original peer-reviewed research paper derived from research conducted within 1 or more CRN sites.
4.        Foster and facilitate the development of research careers that focus on the use of integrated health care systems with electronic health records as a means for answering critical questions on improving the quality, outcomes, and costs of medical care and population health.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be doctoral-level (MD/PhD or equivalent) researchers who meet the NIH criteria for New and Early Stage Investigator status.  Candidates should also:
  • Plan a research career in population-based, epidemiologic, clinical or translational cancer research within integrated health care settings.
  • Demonstrate support from a local mentor or mentoring team that will provide oversight throughout the duration of the Program.  The Program is designed to complement, not replace, local mentorship.
  • Have at least 20% FTE available to participate in the Scholars Program.  The CRN will provide 10% salary support, and the Scholar's host institution must be willing to cover an additional 10% so that the Scholar can devote a minimum of 20% FTE to CRN training and career development activities.
  • Hold a primary research or academic appointment at a qualified research institution, regardless of prior involvement with the CRN or its member institutions.  Examples of qualified research institutions include, but are not limited to, CRN sites or affiliate sites, academic health centers, schools of medicine or public health, NCI-designated cancer centers, and other research institutions.  If not already in place, Scholars and their institutions and mentors must be committed to establishing a strong collaborative relationship with at least one of the nine CRN sites.
  • Successful candidates will need to be available to participate in two in-person meetings per year.  Travel funds will be provided by the CRN. More information can be found on our website.

Further information and application forms can be found in the attachment or at, or by contacting the Program Coordinator, Sarah McDonald (

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Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program

Apply by October 15, 2014.

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review.

In a change from past years, the fellowship is no longer limited to students whose research topics fall within specific fields of study, but rather it is open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who are beginning to formulate proposals for their dissertation research. Please visit the program’s Student Fellowship Competition page for more information. Contact

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships 2015-16 Campus Call for Nominations

Campus Deadline:  November 3, 2014


The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) invites nominees for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship program which supports outstanding international pre-doctoral students studying in the United States. Eligible biomedical-related fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research. Students must apply in their 2nd or 3rd year of their graduate program and in be in their 3rd or 4th year of study to activate the fellowship (up to three-years will be awarded). Fellows receive an annual $30,000 stipend, $ 3000 allowance for books, expenses, etc. plus a $10,000 cost of educational (COE) allowance to be used toward fees. *Note: The Office of Graduate Studies will supply supplemental fee support (if needed) for the award period providing no campus employment is in place and student meets UCD fellowship eligibility criteria. This opportunity is a limited submission and campus nominees will be selected by an Ad-hoc Committee appointed by the OGS. Only students nominated by UC Davis, Office of Graduate Studies will be considered.

Student Eligibility:

  • Must be an international student (U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, and permanent resident of the U.S are not eligible).
  • Must be currently enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of a Ph.D. program in a biomedical/related program.
  • Must have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research.
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional talent for research.

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following nomination items BY NOVEMBER 3, 2014 as one PDF file by email to Kristin Provost, Office of Graduate Studies:

  • Office of Graduate Studies External Fellowship Application Data Form, located at .
  • UC Davis HHMI Pre-Application Data Form (attached)
  • Description of thesis project and significance to research field (limited to 1 page on Word Attachment)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 1 PAGE Letter of Recommendation (1) from your advisor (letter may be sent by separate PDF for confidentially if needed).  The advisor must describe why the applicant should be nominated for the HHMI International Student Research Fellowship program, specifically addressing the applicant’s potential to be a scientific leader and innovator. The following statement must be added: “The Office of Graduate Studies guarantees the payment of fees not paid by the HHMI fellowship for the duration of the fellow’s PhD degree program (providing fellow remains in good standing, enrolled full time, and does not have other fellowship support and/or fee remissions in place) through their fifth year of graduate school.”

Selection of HHMI nominees will be confirmed by the OGS by 11/21/14. If selected, the student’s pre-application eligibility information will be submitted to the HHMI. HHMI will contact individuals directly with final application instructions and requirements (due Feb 12, 2015). HHMI fellows will be chosen based on their promise as a scientific investigator, their level of demonstrated innovation and creativity, training environment, the applicants previous research/other accomplishments as well as their letters of recommendations. Graduate transcripts will be required. Final requirements can also be viewed at

Kristin Provost, External Fellowship Analyst and Advisor, Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships,  Office of Graduate Studies
250 Mrak Hall, UC Davis ~ email:  | Phone No. (530)752-6577 | Fax (530) 752-6222

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.