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April 20, 2021

Applications open for fall 2021 NBAF Scientist Training Program

Submitted by Erin Pennington

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or USDA APHIS, is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 cohort of the NBAF Scientist Training Program, or NSTP.
NSTP fellows will receive full tuition and supplementary support to complete a master's, doctorate or D.V.M./Ph.D. program in target laboratory-based fields of study such as microbiology, virology, molecular biology, diagnostics, and bioinformatics for up to five years. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $50,000 annually for doctoral or D.V.M./Ph.D. students; $35,000 annually for master's students; and health benefits.
Successful candidates must be U.S. citizens, meet all requirements of the university graduate program and have been accepted into an approved graduate training program — master's, doctoral or D.V.M./Ph.D. — at time of application to NSTP. Candidates should also identify a faculty mentor supportive of enrollment in NSTP, exhibit a strong interest in emerging, zoonotic and/or foreign animal diseases and be willing to commit to working at NBAF after degree completion for the specified time for the degree completed.
The purpose of the NSTP is to build the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, or FADDL, at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, known as NBAF, in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot-and-mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL's mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including biosafety level-4 pathogens.
Applications for the fall 2021 semester are due May 24. More information and application instructions can be found on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.
Please direct questions to Frank Blecha, associate dean, College of Veterinary Medicine or Beth Montelone, interim vice president for research.