The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) is now welcoming applications from students pursuing graduate degree work involving transboundary, zoonotic and/or emerging disease research for the IIAD Graduate Level Career Development Program. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

As part of a cooperative agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, IIAD’s Career Development Program plans to award a number of graduate (Ph.D. and/or M.S.) fellowships in mission critical areas related to the Homeland Security biodefense sector.
These areas include:

  • Awards on Food Agriculture Security
  • Awards in Biological Threats and Countermeasures
  • Awards in Infrastructure Protection
  • Awards in Risk and Decisions Sciences
  • Awards in Emergency Preparedness and Response

While the award titles differ, all five categories of awards will involve affiliation with and involvement in IIAD's Career Development Program. These prestigious awards will be given to students demonstrating a career interest in transboundary, zoonotic and/or emerging disease research. Applicant’s research must fall within the domain of IIAD mission space. For more information about IIAD, please go to the IIAD website.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a 3.30 GPR or higher and major in a Homeland Security discipline that aligns with the mission space of IIAD. Applicants must be willing to attend each IIAD annual meeting during their tenure, and conduct two 10-week internships in a Homeland Security field. Finally, applicants must be willing to commit a one-year Homeland Security related employment experience. Applications should be submitted by students who have an interest in pursuing a career in veterinary diagnostics and public health.

Fall 2014 applications are due electronically on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Decisions will be made by Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Awards will begin once contracts are in place with each student's home university during the Spring of 2015.

Fellows will be awarded:

  • $1,917/month stipend for 3 years
  • $3,200/year for tuition and fees for 3 years
  • Two 10-week internships at $2,500/internship
  • Travel paid to attend IIAD annual meetings during tenure in program

How to apply

  • Download the application. Instructions for completing and submitting the application are located at the bottom of the application.
  • Submit application document to by 5 p.m., Central Time on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
  • If you have questions, call Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH at (979) 845-2855.