Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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Veterinarian Scientists


Cornell Clinical Fellow

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has consistently ranked among the premier colleges for training of veterinarians and leaders in academic veterinary medicine.  As an organization that values collaboration at the intersection of clinical practice and research, the College of Veterinary Medicine has also taken the lead in seeking a solution to the shortage of clinician scientists. 

The Cornell Clinical Fellowship program is the first program of its kind in the country.  The goal of the Cornell Clinical Fellowship program is to provide comprehensive research training for clinical specialists committed to an academic career.  Research experience is gained under the mentorship of an established Cornell scientist who can oversee training in laboratory studies or in clinical investigation of a hypothesis relevant to clinical disease.  The program also provides opportunities for participants to develop their skills through participation in the clinical and diagnostic services.  As a Cornell Clinical Fellow, you will spend 80% of your time doing original research and 20% in your chosen clinical specialty.  The Fellowship will provide an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance and other Cornell University benefits.  A research supply fund of $15,000 will also be provided annually.

Program Expectations: Over the two-year program, the Clinical Fellow will gain significant background and technical skills appropriate for a career with a major research component. It is further expected that this research experience will involve a high level of independence to conduct one's individual research with appropriate mentoring.  Research is expected to be conducted with an intensity and set of expectations similar to those of PhD trainees. At the conclusion of the training program it is expected that the Clinical Fellow will have attained the ability to:

1. Define a testable research hypothesis;
2. Obtain a broad background in the relevant literature, supplemented by specific coursework as appropriate for the research project;
3. Develop a specific set of investigative skills requisite to the research question;
4. Write a research proposal suitable for submission to a national funding organization;
5. Present research results to various audiences including lab groups; interested groups of investigators; audiences at a seminar series or local or national meetings;
6. Publish the research results in a high impact journal for the field;
7. Be well acquainted with the challenges of obtaining funding, carving out time, recruiting personnel, utilizing equipment and attracting collaborators needed to be successful in research; and
8. Be willing and able to undertake specific research projects within the larger framework of future research and career goals

More information on the Program Guidelines can be found here.

Selection of a Faculty Mentor - Cornell Clinical Fellows must identify a specific laboratory in which the research will be conducted. Faculty mentors who have agreed to host a Cornell Clinical Fellow in their laboratory are listed on the Faculty Mentor page. These faculty will serve as the chair of the fellow’s Scientific Advisory Committee. If you are interested in working with one of the listed faculty, please contact them early in the application process so that you can determine what opportunities exist. If you find an additional mentor not listed, please feel free to contact them directly to determine their level of interest in participating.

Meet our Current and Former Cornell Clinical Fellows

Application Information:  The 2014 competition is open.