Danone North America, PBC awards $25,000 to two graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness. Since 2012, the fellowship has allowed up-and-coming scientists to work within the interdisciplinary fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, microbiome, yogurt and probiotics.
Interested students should excel in science and have an interest in studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness (the "Field"); and are encouraged to submit a proposal for a study that explores measures of human health and wellness. Such topics may include the role that probiotics or yogurt play on brain function, growth and development, digestive health, weight management or heart health; and factors, such as foods or nutrients, that influence the gut microbiome. The grant is not designed for the investigation of disease treatment or clinical management and should focus on health and wellness, long-term health and longevity, growth and development, or performance.
The award may be applied towards tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Danone’s sole discretion. It will be payable directly to the student’s educational institution to support their continued education on related topics.
Each candidate must meet the following requirements:
- Be an incoming, current and full-time enrolled graduate student, at least 18 years of age, studying in the Field (as defined above) during the academic year at an accredited U.S. Institution in which the funds are awarded.
- Be in good standing in the college or university, as well as major program of study. Confirmation letter from department chair, dean or institution's graduate studies, registrar or admissions office required.
- Be a current U.S. citizen (proof of citizenship is required) or permanent U.S. resident (proof of residency is required).