2022 FFAR Vet Fellows Program

Open Opportunity


Scientific Program Director
Dr. Tim Kurt

Grants Management Team

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Applications due: March 30

Applications Due: March 30, 2022

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About FFAR Vet Fellows Program

Veterinarians trained in multi-species medicine, animal science and public health are key to addressing big food and agriculture challenges. However, despite the growing need for this expertise, few funding opportunities exist for veterinary students to gain experience in these research areas.

We partnered with the American Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to create a three-month summer fellowship for veterinary students to prepare future veterinarians for research and public service careers. The FFAR Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (FFAR Vet Fellows) provide unique research opportunities focused on global food security and sustainable animal production.

What we are looking for

  • Agricultural economics
  • Nutritional security and food access
  • Environmental sustainability of agriculture
  • Advanced technologies including gene-editing, precision breeding and microbiome/metagenomics in food production
  • Zoonotic diseases and pandemic prevention (must have a food and agriculture interface)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial (must have a food and agriculture interface)

This program does not support biomedical research or comparative medicine without a clear connection to food and agriculture.

Stipend support of $10,000 per student is provided for up to 15 students per year to perform research with a qualified mentor and to attend the Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Matching funds are not required.

Application Guidelines

Am I eligible to apply?

This program is open to students currently enrolled in a DVM or VMD degree programs, including combined degree programs. Students that have already received a DVM or Ph.D. degree are not eligible. Prior research experience is not necessary to apply.

How do I apply?

Program Directors at Colleges of Veterinary Medicine are no longer required to submit nominations. There is no restriction on the number of applicants per institution. A letter of support from the Program Director at the mentor’s institution will be required as part of the application package. Program Directors are requested to ensure that applicants(s) is in good academic standing and are integrated into the summer research program at their institution, if awarded.

Applications must be submitted through FFAR’s online Grant Management System. Applications not submitted through this portal will not be considered eligible for evaluation. To be fair to all our applicants, FFAR will not grant an extension to applicants who missed the deadlines posted in the Key Dates section.

To start a new application, please click here. If you are a new user, register for an account by clicking the “Create Account” button located under the email address field on the left side of the home page. Once you log in, you may begin working on your application. Please be sure to save your work often. To access a saved application, please do so through your Grant Management Account.

  1. Institutional Contact Information
  2. Additional Information:
    1. Student Information
    2. Mentor Information
    3. Program Director Information

Applicants are encouraged to work with their prospective Mentors and/or Program Directors to answer the questions below. A letter of support from the Program Director at the mentor’s institution will be required as part of the application package. Program Directors are requested to ensure that applicants(s) is in good academic standing and are integrated into the summer research program at their institution, if awarded. Applicants are required to submit their applications by March 30th, 2022.


  1. What is your [the student’s] hypothesis? (50 words)
  2. What are your research objectives? (50 words)
  3. What skills will you gain? (100 words)
  4. What types of data will you collect and how will it be analyzed? (50 words)
  5. Describe your prior research experience. [We encourage applicants who are new to research]. (100 words)
  6. What are your career interests and aspirations? Why are you interested in the proposed research topic? (100 words)
  7. How will you [the student] contribute to diversity in the veterinary and/or agricultural sciences? (100 words)
    1. For the purposes of this program, FFAR will use AAVMC’s definition of diversity as encompassing “many dimensions, including, but not limited to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, cultural background, language, cognitive style, nationality, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other forms of differences, both visible and invisible. In defining diversity, it is also incumbent to acknowledge the concept of intersectionality; no single dimension of diversity exists in isolation. We acknowledge that each individual is a reflection of multiple diversity dimensions.
    2. URVM Definition: Historically, AAVMC has identified and recognized the presence of specific historically underrepresented populations in veterinary medicine (URVM) whose advancement in the veterinary medical profession has been disproportionately impacted due to legal, cultural, or social climate impediments in the United States. The specific dimensions are: gender, race, ethnicity (African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, Native Alaskans and Hawaiians, Hispanics), and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational disadvantage.”
  8. Please describe whether the project will involve travel, in-person work or be conducted virtually, and any other logistics of which the reviewers should be aware. (50 words)
  9. What is the expertise and relevant resources of the mentor and host institution? (100 words)
  10. What other (non-research) activities are planned? Briefly describe any extracurricular activities associated with the summer research program (e.g., journal clubs, research seminars, training workshops). (50 words)


Does this program require matching funds?

No matching funds are required for the Vet Fellows Program.

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