2025 Clinician-Scientist Fellowship: Request for Proposals


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) invites applications to support veterinarian post-doctorates interested in pursuing a career that improves canine health through research. In its mission to advance the health of all dogs, CHF is committed to developing the next generation of canine health researchers. This award offers one year of mentored research support for a veterinarian trainee working to establish a research record in needed areas of canine health research.

Research Focus Area

Applicants may submit proposals in support of any of CHF’s 23 Research Program Areas. Research projects should investigate canine disease processes, apply fundamental knowledge to develop solutions to canine health problems, or explore outcomes-based solutions in the clinical setting or any combination thereof.

Project Budget

Each fellowship includes $12,500 for canine health research as directed by the mentor/university and up to $2,500 to present research results at a professional conference or offset publication costs.  

Project Period

Awards are for 12 months of mentored support and will begin on January 1, 2025. 

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria 

Conformance to application requirements is enforced, and submissions that do not comply may be declined or delayed. Projects must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy and eligibility requirements.

  • Applications are accepted from an investigator with active CHF-funding and who is willing to mentor the clinician-scientist candidate for a one year fellowship.

  • Clinician-scientist candidates must be veterinarian post-doctorates who hold a terminal clinical degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary school) and are current residents or research doctoral students.
    • Candidates currently enrolled in combined DVM/PhD programs are ineligible.
  • Competitive clinician-scientist candidates will have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in canine health research.
  • Finalists may be invited to interview.  

 Online applications must include the following components for evaluation:

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (CV): any length and should include academic achievements, research experience, publications, and relevant contributions to the field of veterinary medicine;
  • Candidate's Personal Statement: a maximum of 2 pages and should address milestones in the candidate’s career and research development, how this award will benefit their career progression, why 1 year of mentored support is appropriate, and how they envision a career contributing to canine health;
  • Project Description: submit via the fellowship template found on the Grant Submission and Report Template webpage. A maximum of 3 pages is allowed and and must include the project’s specific objectives, methodology, expected outcomes, and potential significance to canine health;
  • Letter of Recommendation from Principal Investigator / Mentor: any length and should highlight candidate’s specific qualifications, interests, and career goals while demonstrating the mentor’s commitment to the candidate’s research training and career development;
  • Letter of Nomination from the the Dean for Research (or Affiliated School, Division, or Center): any length and should communicate enthusiasm for the proposal, alignment with the institution’s interests, and commitment of resources.  

Application Deadline

Online applications are open until Friday, September 6th, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  


Administrative and scientific inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Programs Staff at chfgrants@akcchf.org or the appropriate contacts listed below.

Stephanie Montgomery, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Chief Executive Officer
Email: stephanie.montgomery@akcchf.org
Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS
Chief Operating Officer
Email: arf@akcchf.org

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