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Program Description

The North Carolina State University has a NIH T32-funded Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program (CMTRTP) providing advanced research training leading to a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) for veterinary specialists who have completed a residency. The program emphasizes comparative and translational research and provides experience in multidisciplinary research programs designed to prepare veterinary specialist trainees for an early career development award and a rapid transition to independence in a research-intensive career, with a priority on developing fellows for faculty positions in academia. The CBS program is made up of approximately 80 graduate students across seven primary areas of study: Cell Biology; Immunology; Infectious Disease; Neurosciences; Pathology; Pharmacology; and Population & Global Health. Additional educational opportunities available, including industry out-rotations, grant writing mentorship, and a teaching certificate. Many of our post-residency trainees complete the program in 3-4 years.


The benefits of the T32 funded CMTRTP training program include:

  • Funding on the NIH postdoctoral scale, including $56-65K per year salary, health insurance, tuition and fee payment, $1000 travel allowance, and up to $8000 in funds to support research training
  • Additional training elements such as professional and career development, grant writing, and responsible conduct of research
  • The opportunity to be an associate member of the Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI)

Applicants will have completed their DVM and specialty residency training either at NC State or another college of veterinary medicine. Excellent academic credentials, prior clinical, translational, or basic biomedical research experience, and outstanding letters of recommendation emphasizing the potential for the applicant to become a productive, impactful clinician scientist are expected. CMTRTP fellows must be enrolled in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) graduate program for the PhD. Trainees must select one of the CMTRTP training faculty members as their major advisor or co-advisor. (This may be done after rotating through 1-3 laboratories). Trainees must be a citizen, non-citizen national, or a permanent resident of the United States.

How to Apply

We highly value diversity, equity, and inclusion and aspire to increase representation of underrepresented groups in the science professoriate. We therefore encourage individuals of underrepresented backgrounds to apply. To apply, students can complete the NC State Graduate School online application. Applications for trainees wishing to be considered for a stipend are due December 1 of the year prior to enrolling in the program. Please indicate in the personal statement your interest in being considered for the CMTRTP and address your motivations to join this program in the statement.