The program, called the 2016-2017 Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Dannon Fellowship Grant helps doctoral candidates pursue research relevant to the microbiome. Past award winners have researched topics such as probiotics’ connection to psychological stress, the adaption of microbes to milk, the effects of probiotics on protein fermentation among other topics.
"Because the past four programs have garnered substantial interest among the educational community, we've decided to double our investment and offer two Fellowship Grants to students focused on research of the gut microbiome and the functional and nutritional benefits of yogurt and probiotics,” said Dr. Miguel Freitas, vice president of health affairs at Dannon.
The application guidelines are as follows:
- The program is currently accepting applications until February 15, 2017. To qualify, individuals must be current undergraduate or graduate students, or postdoctoral scholars.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, show proof of U.S. residence, and be able to utilize the scholarship funds during 2017 at an accredited U.S. institution.
- All applicants will be required to submit an application that includes a personal essay, recommendations from two professors, and proof of good academic standing.
- The application and full scholarship details are available here.