Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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Veterinarian Scientists

 


Cornell Clinical Fellow - Application

Eligibility - You are eligible to apply if you are a veterinarian who has completed a specialized residency program.  You are not eligible to apply if you previously have completed or currently are enrolled in a PhD program.  There are two ways one can initiate the application process; either option in Phase I is due by December 16, 2013.

Phase I
Option One:  Applicant submits a letter of intent

  • Applicants need to submit a 1-page letter of intent that outlines your goals as a Cornell Clinical Fellow and names both a research area of interest and potential faculty mentors of preference.  More information regarding our faculty can be found at:  http://www.vet.cornell.edu/BBS/
  • Applicants letter of intent will be reviewed by the Veterinary Research Training Oversight Committee members.  After receipt of the letter, the Oversight Committee will be in contact with you to assist in identifying appropriate faculty mentors in order to complete the second phase of the application process.
  • Applicants can expect a response from the Veterinary Research Training Oversight Committee by January 15.


Option Two:  Applicant’s Residency Program Director/Department or Clinical Sciences Chair submits a recommendation

  • The Cornell Clinical Fellowship Program has contacted the Department of Clinical Sciences Chair and Residency Program Directors in the United States in an effort to encourage one nomination from each institution to participate in the program.
  • Nomination letters should serve as a recommendation letter and also provide information about the applicant’s research area of interest and potential faculty mentors that would be a match.
  • Nomination letters will be reviewed by the Veterinary Research Training Oversight Committee members.  After receipt of the nomination, the Oversight committee will be in contact with you to assist in identifying appropriate faculty mentors in order to complete the second phase of the application process.
  • Applicants can expect a response from the Veterinary Research Training Oversight Committee by January 15.


Phase 2 - Applicants will have 2 months to complete the following application process.  The deadline for all materials received is March 15th. 

  • Statement of interest that includes career objectives and relevant research experience
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be received by the deadline) - original nomination letter may serve as one letter
  • Transcript from your DVM Training Institution
  • GRE Scores (if applicable)
  • Brief research project proposal primarily written by the applicant with collaborative input from the faculty mentor (maximum length is 4 pages), that should include the following; Background & Justification, Specific Aims & Hypotheses, Research Plan.
  • The research proposal will also be evaluated on merit, feasibility and impact of the proposed research.  

The applicant should also view the proposal as an opportunity to interact with the mentor.  Because the working relationship between the fellow and mentor is critical to successful training,  the proposal will also be used by the Veterinary Research Training Oversight Committee to help evaluate this  working relationship.  Thus, proposals  that are co-written by the mentor and applicant will be viewed more favorably than those research plans written solely by either.  A letter from the mentor clarifying the respective roles of the participants in crafting the proposal is strongly encouraged. The applicant may also wish to include these details  in their cover letter.

 Final interviews will be conducted in April.

Application materials should be sent to:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell Clinical Fellows Program
Office of Research and Graduate Education
Schurman Hall, S3-016, Box 38
Ithaca, NY 14853

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Arla Hourigan, Graduate Education Manager, AJ96@cornell.edu or 607-253-3276.