The Boehringer Ingelheim - NIH Veterinary Research Scholars Program at JHU

Veterinary Research Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University

The Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology is pleased to offer five summer research fellowships for veterinary students sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program and the NIH. This is a paid summer research fellowship for veterinary students who have completed their first or second year of veterinary school. Research Scholars will spend 12 weeks doing cutting edge translational research at our world-renowned biomedical research university. At the end of their experience, the Scholars will present their research at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium hosted by University of California San Diego and Western University in conjunction with the national AVMA meeting. The deadline for this competitive program is Saturday, February 1st, 2020.
2017 Scholars At Johns Hopkins

2017 Summer Scholars and Fellows suited up for science while visiting MedImmune.

Available Research Topics

Eligible host labs are led by proven mentors, and have research interests in infectious disease, cancer biology, innate and adaptive immunity, neurology, cardiology, pathophysiology of stress, genetics, RNA biology, exosome biology, and translational pathology of animal models and animal model development. Additional information on possible research directions can be found on our faculty webpages. Applicants will be asked to rank 3 possible research concentrations from the list below, and you will be matched with an appropriate mentor.

  • Infectious disease
  • Immunology
  • Cancer biology
  • Genetics
  • Neurology

Recent veterinary student summer fellows at Johns Hopkins University have done research involving the properties and content of extracellular vesicles in HIV infected patients, developed a novel assay for the detection of residual virus in SIV infected macaques with undetectable plasma viral loads, and defined the role of erbB2 in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction.

2017 Scholars At Johns Hopkins

2016 Summer Scholars and Fellows jump for joy at the thought of their summer research projects!


Organized Activities for Veterinary Scholars

In addition to lab meetings and seminars pertinent to your summer research project, Scholars will participate in:

  • Coffee and Careers Chats (weekly): In conjunction with our Summer Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees, Research Scholars will have an opportunity to meet with accomplished veterinarians in research careers over coffee to talk about their research, their career paths and how their veterinary training has helped to achieve their goals.
  • Departmental Activities in Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine (weekly): In conjunction with our Summer Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees, Research Scholars will have the opportunity to attend our weekly pathology slide conference (1 hr/wk), laboratory animal medicine rounds (1 hr/wk) and integrated pathology / medicine case reviews (0.5 hr/twice weekly).
  • Field trips to other research facilities such as The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and local pharmaceutical companies.
  • A formalized Career Peer mentoring program that pairs Scholars with current veterinarian-trainees who have similar career interests.
  • Social outings for Scholars, Summer Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine Fellows and current veterinarian-trainees early in the program.

Fellowship and Application Dates

The Veterinary Research Scholars Program begins Monday May 18th and ends on Friday, August 7th. These 12 weeks include multiple organized activities and daily laboratory research commitments, so Research Scholars are expected to take vacation before or after the fellowship dates. Exceptions will be made for students whose veterinary school academic year ends after or begins before the specified dates. Applications are due February 1st, 2020.
2015 Scholars Visit The NIH
2015 Veterinary Scholars on a field trip to the National Institutes of Health.

Fellowship Stipend

You will receive a weekly stipend of approximately $500.

Working With Other Veterinarians

Johns Hopkins is home to a vibrant community of veterinarians working in biomedical research and typically recruits 7 Veterinary Scholars every summer. We will also be hosting 2 veterinary students as Summer Comparative Pathology Fellows and 1 as a Summer Laboratory Animal Medicine Fellow.. We currently have 3 residents in Laboratory Animal Medicine, 1 resident in Comparative Pathology, 10 veterinarians pursuing postdoctoral fellowships in research and 5 DVM, PhD faculty members.

Where To Live During Your Fellowship

We recommend looking for sublets through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine off campus housing site, and we will put incoming Research Scholars in touch with current trainees to aid in their evaluation of housing options.

Life In Baltimore

Baltimore is a small city with deep history, an exciting arts and music scene, excellent cuisine, and proximity to Washington DC, the beach and the mountains. We are enthusiastic baseball (go Orioles!) and football (the Ravens nation) fans. We enjoy our crabs and our orange crushes, and for some reason we like pirates. We are home to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo. More information can be found at and TripAdvisor's Baltimore page.

Eligible Applicants

To apply, you must:
  • Be in your 1st or 2nd year at an accredited veterinary school
  • Be interested in exploring research as a possible career
  • Be willing to devote 12 weeks of your summer to a research project
You do not need:
  • Any prior research experience
  • Authorship on any peer-reviewed publications

Note: Prior participation in research programs funded by Boehringer Ingelheim or the NIH at their home veterinary school or other institutions does not disqualify applicants.

Application Process

Please submit the following to our program coordinator, Emma Ey at, by 11:59PM EST on Saturday, February 1st.
  1. Your contact information, including your full name, current address, the name of your veterinary school, your expected veterinary school graduation date, and a phone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.
  2. A 1 page essay outlining your career goals and how this program will help you to better define or achieve your goals, including a short paragraph summarizing any previous research projects (if applicable)
  3. Three research concentrations that interest you from the list above, in order of preference
  4. A current resumé
  5. A copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is okay)
  6. Letters of recommendation from two references

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to racial, and cultural and ethnic diversity.  Applications from women and individuals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are encouraged.

Still have questions?

For additional inquiries, please feel free to contact our Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program Coordinator:
Ms. Emma Ey: 410-287-2953,
or contact the Veterinary Research Scholars Program Director:
Kelly Metcalf Pate, DVM, PhD, DACLAM: 410-955-9770,
This Program is generously sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and NIH T35 OD024982.