AVC Summer Research Funding Opportunities

1. AVC Veterinary Summer Research Award (AVC VetSRA) 

AVC Veterinary Summer Research Award (AVC VetSRA)  is intended to enhance the engagement of veterinary students (domestic and international) in research and to complement the NSERC-USRA program. As such the award is restricted to veterinary students currently enrolled in the DVM program (must have completed, as of the start of the research award, at least 1 year of the DVM program). It can be applied to research conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member from any department. You must be available for 12 or more (depending on supervisor) consecutive weeks of research involvement during the summer of 2022, be able to confirm a willing supervisor (faculty) at AVC and agree to participate in the AVC Summer Research and Leadership Program (including producing a scientific poster). 

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022, at 12:00 noon.

2. Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre Veterinary Summer Research Award (SJDAWC VetSRA) 

We have purposefully made it seamless to apply for both the AVC VetSRA and SJDAWC VetSRA award simultaneously by making the SJDAWC application cover all the same aspects with the only additional requirement being the welfare specific section. If you choose to enable this dual application process, check the box in the SJDAWC Application Form – Part 2 (Supervisor) to be included in both awards and complete the necessary fields regarding faculty matching funds.

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022, at 12:00 noon

3. AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship 

Please be advised that the AVMA and AVMF are offering scholarships to students seeking to further their research experience. The AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for currently enrolled veterinary students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience. Candidates concurrently enrolled in a graduate research degree program may apply; however, depending on the size of the applicant pool and funding, preference may be given to students who are not already enrolled in a graduate research degree program. There will be five scholarships awarded in 2022. Students will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an additional $1,000 to supplement travel expenses to the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

Deadline to apply: January 7, 2022, at 12:00 noon

  • AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship Instructions and Application (MS Word)

4. NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Awards (updated January 13, 2022)

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Awards are managed centrally by the university. These funds are available to AVC and non-AVC students across campus to participate in research with 16 week NSERC eligible projects (https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp). Although previous years had a combined VetSRA and USRA application process, changes in 2022 USRA have made this impossible. Students are encouraged to apply for USRA as well as VetSRA. However, a student cannot hold a VetSRA award if they receive USRA funding in the same summer. Students who are successful in the VetSRA competition may accept it but once they accept an offer from the USRA competition, they must then immediately notify VetSRA of their withdrawal from the VetSRA. USRA funded DVM students may apply to participate in the AVC Summer Research & Leadership Program (SRLP). Further details on this application process are available at UPEI Research Services (https://www.upei.ca/research/undergraduate-research-opportunities). Any questions regarding USRA alone can be directed to Leslie Cudmore (lcudmore@upei.ca).

5. Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Veterinary Scholars Programs 

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Veterinary Scholars Programs are offered at AVC and at other veterinary colleges across Canada and the United States. These programs are designed to provide enhanced exposure to career opportunities in biomedical and veterinary research. The programs provide DVM students with a stipend (matched with funds from supervisor’s or college research support) towards their summer research position. It also provides funding to attend the 2022 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium this year hosted jointly by the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota early August 2022. They hope the Symposium will be held in person; however, they will monitor the possibility (and are planning for) that it may be a virtual or a hybrid conference. AVC’s request for funding has recently been approved and will assist 4 students as BI Veterinary Scholars. There is no need to apply for BIVS at AVC since we combine the award with AVC VetSRA to provide extra awards using the same application process. Check the website for details on programs at other universities.

6.  Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program USDA Partnership

There is an exciting new opportunity for students to work and study under USDA research scientists as an expansion of the Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Veterinary Scholars Program.

Please see attached the twelve USDA ARS Project Proposals that will be offered in 2022. 

Students interested in participating in the 2022 USDA program (or students referred by a mentor) should submit a one-page letter of Intent* for the selected USDA opportunity to their school BI Program Director (Dr. Larry Hammell).

  1. *The letter of intent should capture student interest, motivation, career goals and expectations from this experience.
  2. The stipend for the USDA program will be approximately $8,000 per student to cover additional costs of housing, etc.
  3. Students who participated in the summer research program last year are eligible to apply for the USDA program.
  4. Only US Citizens can apply for the USDA-ARS program.
  5. As long as the student is a US citizen, they are eligible independent of the school they attend.

Deadline to submit letter of intent: February 7, 2022, at 12:00 noon

Submit letter of intent to: Sherri Pineau (scpineau@upei.ca)

7. RISE-Globalink Research Internship

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake summer research internships at eligible German institutions.

RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with three-month projects supervised by PhD students in Germany.

  • Open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program 
  • Applications accepted until December 15, 2021. Students must apply through the RISE application portal
  • Projects must start between May 15 and July 11, 2022
  • Approved recipients receive $6,000 toward travel and accommodation

8. Mitacs Globalink Research Award

We would like to remind you of our open competitive call for applications for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award in the fields of Advanced Computing (Quantum Technologies and Artificial Intelligence), Achieving Net Zero Emissions, and Global Health. 

Senior undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, can receive a $6,000 award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in a partner country. 

  • Open to all universities in Canada
  • Eligible partners are in the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and the USA

Professors can submit projects by December 1, 2021, at 5 pm PT. 

For more information on specific eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit Mitacs website. For additional questions, please contact international@mitacs.ca

9.  2022 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Vet Fellows Program

This year FFAR is accepting applications directly from students for summer research positions and there is no limit to the number of students who can apply per school. 

Application website: https://foundationfar.org/what-we-do/scientific-workforce/vet-fellows/
Press release for dissemination: https://foundationfar.org/news/ffar-aavmc-open-applications-for-2022-ff…

Program overview:

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 program.

The deadline for applications is March 30, 2022. Please see the website at https://foundationfar.org/news/ffar-aavmc-open-applications-for-2022-ffar-vet-fellows/

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