Baker Institute for Animal Health


Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Fellowship Program

The Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Fellowship Program at Cornell University provides support for short-term educational experiences in academic equine medicine for veterinary students.  Fellowships are offered in the Equine Genetics Center in the laboratory of Dr. Doug Antczak at the Baker Institute.  The purpose of the Fellowships is to enable students with an interest in research careers to participate actively in cutting-edge investigations in equine medicine.

Havemeyer Fellows undertake mentored research projects and assist with routine herd health treatments, clinical reproduction, or field studies.  Laboratory research includes the Horse Genome Project, investigations of equine pregnancy immunology, studies of immunity to equine herpes virus, and equine stem cell biology, and pathogenesis studies of equine liver-tropic viruses, such as equine hepacivirus and equine parvovirus-hepatitis.

Fellowship conditions and eligibility

Students in Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in North America and abroad are eligible to apply. The Fellowship term is 10 weeks, with a flexible start date for any consecutive 10 week period between May and September.  Stipend support is $5,000.  Fellowship participants may be eligible for academic credit through their home institution.  Housing is not provided, but readily available near campus.

Application procedure

Deadline for applications is January with notification on or before early February. 

To apply, please send the following materials to (

  • A letter describing your interests and experiences (limit 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) with grade point average (GPA) and results of standardized tests (e.g., US Graduate Record Exam or foreign equivalent)
  • Name, address, e-mail, fax, and telephone number for two professional references who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation upon request.

For more information, please contact:

Baker Institute for Animal Health
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853