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USDA National Needs Fellowships at Iowa State University

USDA NATIONAL NEEDS Ph.D. FELLOWSHIP: Improving the Efficiency of Livestock Production Through Genetic Selection

USDA NIFA requires Training for Responsible Conduct of Research. The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has instituted a new requirement for training for Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research. The RCR training is required for all project directors, fculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students and staff participating in research projects funded by NIFA. Documentation of training is subject to NIFA review upon request. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to enroll in the ISU course GR ST 565, Responsible Conduct of Research in Science and Engineering.

ALL PRESENT USDA NATIONAL NEEDS FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

*Domestic students seeking a Ph.D. and who are interested in livestock improvement
*You are a US citizen and find this area of research to be exciting.
*Educational Preparation in animal science, genetics, biology, biochemistry, or computational biology
* The Fellowships will focus on training future scientists in five core areas: 1) a research experience that applies genetics concepts to the improvement of livestock production efficiency, 2) participation and contribution to an interdisciplinary research team, 3) training and experience with both written and oral scientific communication, 4) a meaningful teaching experience, and 5) coursework that provides a solid foundation in quantitative genetics, statistics, computational biology and animal breeding.
*Apply through: Genetics graduate program. Application information found here

Link here for a more full description of the USDA National Needs Ph.D. training program

  • $24,500 per year for 3 years
  • 100% Tuition Scholarship for length of training
  • Paid Health Insurance for length of training
Contacts. If after review of this information, you have additional questions regarding applying for these Fellowships, contact Linda Wild, 1-800-499-1972, lmwild@iastate.edu. For further information on the research program and training plan contact Dr. Diane Spurlock at moodyd@iastate.edu

Other Fellowships at Iowa State University

Biotechnology Fellowships

Highly qualified applicants with interests in biotechnology can be nominated for Biotechnology Fellowships. This award is either a stipend of $20,000 per year for one year, a stipend of $10,000 per year for one year or a stipend supplement of $5,000 per year for four years. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a minimum total GRE Verbal 530 (155) and Quantitative 680 (153) score of 1300 (310) and Writing score of 4.0. In addition to these scores the applicant must have biotechnology based research experience and and excellent letters of recommendation. Two Fellowships can be awarded each fiscal year per program. Students are recommended by the program; both domestic and international students are considered.

F. Wendell Miller Trust Graduate Fellowships

Each year, provided funding is available, the Interdepartmental Genetics program can nominate one student for a MILLER Graduate Fellowship. This award is a stipend supplement of $5,000 per year for three years (Ph.D.) or $4,000 per year for two years (M.S.) in addition to the student's regular assistantship. Genetics has 1 Miller Fellowship to award.