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How to Apply

Call for Applications


Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career faculty currently working with or who have an interest in pursuing basic and applied research to support detection of or protection against high consequence livestock diseases are encouraged to apply.  Completed application packets (including letters of support) are due on or before April 1, 2018.  Read the information below for eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Participant applications will be accepted until April 1, 2018. Selected trainees will complete the required paperwork (please see below for more information) and complete the online training requirements. During the Summer of 2018, trainees will engage in hands-on training at Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA), University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, Texas, USA), Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA), and the Agricultural Research Council - Veterinary Research Institute (Onderstepoort, South Africa).

Upon acceptance as a trainee into the program, payment of a non-refundable $2,000 certificate fee and $30 processing fee is required. Training certificate costs (online curriculum materials, experiential course materials, and 3 weeks of travel to national and international experiential training sites) are provided by the Bench to Shop program.

Graduate Student Application

Post-Doctoral Application

Early-Career Faculty Application


Application Process

1)    Submit your application and needed documents online using the links above by April 1, 2018. Ensure that letters of support are also submitted via email by this deadline.

2)    Applications will be competitively reviewed by a selection committee of experts in this field, and the top applicants of each category (e.g., graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or early-career faculty) will be notified of their advancement to finalists.

3)    Finalists will be interviewed by a Selection Committee.

4)    A cohort of training participants will then be notified of either their selection to the training program or of their inclusion on a training program wait list. In the event that a training participant is not able to fulfill all requirements or participate in the entirety of the program, the next person on the wait list will be offered a position in the program.


Prior to entering any of the laboratories at the training locations, all participants will need to complete required online training specific to that facility. This includes biosafety and biosecurity training, as well as the online modules included in this training program.

Because a portion of the experiential training will be located in South Africa, all trainees are required to have current rabies vaccinations.