About the FFAR Veterinary Student Research Fellowship
Population growth, climate change, emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance threaten sustainable livestock production globally.
Veterinarians trained in multi-species medicine, animal science and public health are key to addressing these 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 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.
To further career advancement, the Vet Fellows are paired with a qualified mentor to gain hands-on research experience examining urgent issues that threaten animal health.
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.
This program is open to domestic and international 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.
Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals
The FFAR Vet Fellows Program supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Specifically, this research bolsters the following SDGs:
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