The Graduate Fellowships are back and we are accepting applications this fall, with a deadline of October 28, 2015. The applications will be reviewed in early November, and the awardee(s) will be notified not long thereafter.
What is the Graduate Fellowship you ask? Here is a quick FAQ:
What is it?
The NoroCORE Graduate Fellowship is a way we promote and support up-and-coming researchers in the field. The award lasts for one year and consists of a $25,000 stipend along with $35,000 that goes towards cost of education.
The NoroCORE Executive Board selects the recipients based on the applications received. Several awards are typically given each year, dependent on available funding. Multiple people can apply from an institution, but only one person may be selected per institution.
That sounds super! Who can apply?
You have to be a graduate student who has completed at least a year of study with a NoroCORE investigator. It is available to PhD and MS students, as well as MPH students who have a significant research component to their project. As for the fine print, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be in good academic standing at your institution.
That sounds just like me! How can I apply?
Awesome! The specific instructions are here on our website. In a nutshell, we need your CV, two letters of recommendation (one of them from your advisor), your official transcripts post-high school, and one or two pages describing what your current project is been and how it relates to viral illness. You also fill out a short form on our website so we know to expect your application. We need all of these materials by October 28, 2015.
What are things past students have done with their Fellowship?
We have had twelve Graduate Fellows to date. You can see our newest batch of them on page 3 of our most recent newsletter and the rest in the newsletter before that! Several of our students have gone on to take food safety-related positions in academic, regulatory, and industrial institutions. Recent Fellowship-funded projects have included norovirus disinfection methods for carpets, how noroviruses attach to fresh produce, and the mathematical modeling of vaccination strategies and their impact on public health.
We look forward to receiving your application!