The USDA National Need Ph.D. Fellowship: “Genome Editing for Enhanced Animal Production (GEEAP)” will be competitively awarded to 3 outstanding candidates who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree in ANIMAL BIOLOGY or INTEGRATIVE GENETICS AND GENOMICS at the University of California Davis.

USDA National Need Ph.D. Fellows will receive:

  • Stipend: $24,500 per year for three years
  • Tuition support

Fellows will be allowed to rotate through three research laboratories before deciding on major professor.

Who should apply? US citizens or permanent resident interested in graduate training applying genome editing technologies to improve animal production. The rapid advances of genomic science and gene editing technologies allow tremendous advances in research, and represent an important alternative for improving animal productivity, while decreasing environmental footprint, animal welfare concerns and public health issues. It is therefore imperative to increase the number of students proficient in understanding gene editing technologies and the effective communication of their implications to all stakeholders in our community. Students with strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry, and/or genetics, and research some experience are encouraged to apply.

Underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

USDA/NIFA/AFRI Grant number: 2017-38420-26790