Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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Veterinarian Scientists


Cornell Research Fellow

Recognition of the importance of training veterinarians in scientific research and acknowledgement of the significant body of knowledge that veterinarians bring to research programs provide the impetus behind the Cornell Research Fellowship.  Through this Fellowship, the College expresses its commitment to providing educational opportunities to veterinarians who aspire to earn a PhD degree.  This Fellowship is reserved for holders of the DVM degree (or equivalent) who wish to earn their PhD at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  It provides three years of funding at a stipend rate that is competitive and based on the education and level of experience of the successful applicant.

Highlights of the Cornell Research Fellow include the following:

  • Dynamic research environment bringing together basic, translational and clinical scientists
  • Nationally and internationally-renowned faculty and diverse faculty collaborations
  • Unique research programs, curricula, and special committees best suited to your interests, talents, and future goals
  • Access to world-class research facilities
  • Exploration of research opportunities during the first academic year via three laboratories
  • Teaching experience as a teaching assistant for one semester (more training available)
  • All Cornell Research Fellows are required to submit an individual research training proposal to an external sponsor
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking
  • Five-year funding package: full tuition scholarship, student health insurance, and living stipend
  • Varied and numerous graduate student activities, resources, and support services
  • Funding from a variety of resources, including the College of Veterinary Medicine, mentor research grants, and unrestricted dollars; additional support from institutional training grants from the National Institutes of Health


Application Information:  External DVM seeking PhD applicants who are interested in applying must follow the application procedures specific to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.  The annual deadline is December 1.  When submitting an application, please submit a current Curriculum Vitae and one copy of up to three of the most significant publications.

Internal  DVM seeking PhD applicants applying for GRA funding must submit the following to Carina Ayar - cja92@cornell.edu by December 1st annually:

  1. Application
  2. Minimum two (2) letters of recommendation (3 maximum) - Please use this form.
  3. CV
  4. 3 publications (max)

Outcome Data:  In a recent survey from 1988-2008, 136 veterinarians received an advanced degree (PhD) from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.  Of these individuals, ~80% are currently employed in academia, industry, and government, many in leadership positions.  Some data that are worthwhile to note include:

  • Average Time to Degree – 4.96 years
  • Students Supported through the Cornell Research Fellowship – 64 (47%)
  • Gender – 65 Female, 68 Male, 3 Unknown
  • Citizenship – 65 US (of which, 6 are diversity students), 62 international students, 9 unknown
  • Where are the graduates now?
    • Academia – 82 (60.3%)
    • Private Practice – 7 (5.2%)
    • Industry – 18 (13.2%)
    • Government – 9 (6.5%)
    • Withdrew from Program – 9 (6.5%)
    • Unknown - 11 (8.1%)