SCVD Fellowships

Instructions for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in submitting an application for a pre- or post-doctoral fellowship from the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development Fellowship Program.

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) is dedicated to improving human health by:

  1. Conducting research focused on the development and use of vaccines
  2. Developing public policy and education programs to foster vaccine acceptance
  3. Training investigators in the field of vaccine research at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas.

The main purpose of the trainee fellowships is to support outstanding postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the broad area of vaccinology. This may include:

  1. Acute infectious diseases 
  2. Chronic infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, tuberculosis, and parasitic)
  3. Chronic non-infectious diseases

We are particularly interested in research to develop vaccines for addiction (e.g., cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine), atherosclerosis, autoimmune diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), cancer, with an emphasis on hepatocellular carcinoma but also others (e.g., head and neck, anal cancer, and skin), diabetes (insulin-dependent), and neurodegeneration (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's).

We encourage applications involving co-mentorship between subject matter experts and faculty with ongoing vaccine development projects.

Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to individuals holding doctoral degrees (i.e., Ph.D., D.V.M. or M.D.) and pursuing additional training in areas related to the broad area of vaccinology. Applicants are ineligible if they have previously held a faculty position. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded on an employment rate of a forty-hour week (full-time) for a period of one year, and mentors are allowed to supplement salary. Funding will be at the appropriate salary level according to the NIH postdoctoral guidelines. Fellowships may be renewed with the approval of the SCVD Fellowship Program Committee for one additional year. Postdoctoral applications are currently closed.

Predoctoral fellowships are awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB. These fellowships are awarded on an employment rate of a twenty-hour week (half-time) for a period of one year. Funding will be at the level of a GSBS stipend, tuition and fees and fringe benefits only. Predoctoral fellowships may be renewed with the approval of the SCVD Fellowship Program Committee for one additional year. Applicants must have entered candidacy prior to the beginning of the support period. Deadline for Applications: 4:00PM CST on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Predoctoral Fellowship Application

Predoctoral Fellowship Reference Form

Selection Criteria

Fellowship applications will be judged in 5 categories:

  1. Academic achievement and research experience/potential
  2. Scientific merit of proposed project and its relevance to vaccinology and goals of the SCVD
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. Publication record (judged appropriate to the years of experience)
  5. Alternate indicators of potential, leadership, service, or worthiness that do not fit into the above categories

Publication Acknowledgment

Any publication (including poster presentations and submitted abstracts) generated as a result of the Fellowship should be acknowledged in the manuscript, abstract, etc., with the wording:

"Supported by a fellowship from the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development"

Two reprints of each publication should be submitted to the SCVD.  Grantees and mentors agree by acceptance of funding to acknowledge SCVD financial support in presentations or publications that result from funding.

Application Information:

Each applicant must complete and submit:

  1. Application Form
  2. Transcripts from GSBS UTMB
  3. Biosketch (in NIH Format)
  4. Current Mentor’s Biosketch (in NIH Format)
  5. 3 Letters of Recommendation (Include a Reference Form along with each letter)
    1. Your Mentor
    2. Your Program Director
    3. One other faculty member familiar with your work
  6. List of all publications and abstracts (include copies of abstracts and first page only of each published manuscript)
  7. Proposed Vaccine Related Project (limit to 2 pages). Briefly describe the project for which you are seeking support. Address the following: 1) the significance of the research with regard to vaccinology; 2) the specific aims of the proposed study; and 3) the relationship of the project to the goals of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development. Include any supporting figures on a separate page after the text.

Submit a single PDF via email to scvd@utmb.edu.  Letters of recommendation may be emailed as a PDF or Word file directly from the reference's email.

Note: It is not sufficient to attach a CV covering the information requested. 

Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications WILL NOT be accepted. Acceptance of the fellowship must be made, in writing, within two weeks of notification of the award.  Awards will be made in accordance to the UTMB fiscal calendar year.