In its 10th year, the 2021-2022 Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant is accepting applications!
Danone North America (“Danone”), will award $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 its inception, the Danone North America Fellowship Grant has enabled up-and-coming scientists to make strides in the interdisciplinary fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, microbiome, yogurt, and probiotics. The esteemed recipients to date:
Catherine Shelton, of Vanderbilt University will use the grant to support her research into the role of early-life microbiota metabolites in host health. The role of the early-life microbiota in childhood weight gain is largely unknown and will work to address this critical gap in knowledge and gain a deeper mechanistic understanding of how the early-life microbiota protects against obesity.
Alice Solomon, of the University of Arizona will use her grant to investigate the mechanisms of probiotic function in the gut microbiome as a mediator of cardiovascular disease and other related complications that arise during menopause.
Erica Kosmerl, of The Ohio State University used her grant to research and examine the impact of dairy intake and bifidobacteria on the gut microbiome during infancy.
Elizabeth Morrison, of Indiana University used her grant to research and assess the role of probiotic, B. Infantis on infant gut microbiome.
Nick Jensen, of the University of California Davis doctoral program studied how related types of beneficial bacteria breakdown different carbohydrates in the foods we eat, specifically milk oligosaccharides.
Megan Kennedy, of the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Chicago used her grant to take a closer look at whether or not there is a particular time in a person’s 24-hour cycle when probiotics are best able to remain in the gut community.
Caroline Kelsey, of the University of Virginia used her grant funds to examine how gut bacteria and food intake influence brain development.
Yeonwoo Lebovitz, of Virginia Tech used the grant to assess how a mother’s gut microbiome can affect and protect their baby’s neurological development.
Haley Chatelaine, of The Ohio State University earned the grant to advance the field by using cutting-edge analyses to identify the chemical signature of probiotic yogurt.
Erin Davis, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was granted funds to study of probiotic yogurt consumption during breastfeeding on the immune and microbial composition of the milk, as well as on maternal and infant gut microbiota.
Micah Eimerbrink, Experimental Psychology doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University focusing on Behavioral Neuroscience. He used the funds to collaborate with Dr. Jonathan Oliver’s Kinesiology lab to investigate the use of probiotics to reduce the psychological and physiological indicators of stress in military personnel.
Amanda Ford, University of Florida, used the grant to investigate the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and on different measures of digestive health both with and without probiotic consumption.
Kurt Selle, North Carolina State University Functional Genomics doctoral candidate within the Food Science, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Department. He used the funds to develop technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk, publishing his findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and presenting the results at the 11th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria as an invited speaker.
Nicholas Bokulich, doctoral candidate with the Dr. David Mills Research Group at University of California, Davis. He applied the funds towards researching the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria in the human diet. This work led to several publications investigating the microbiome, food production and human health.
This year’s winners will be selected by a cross-functional panel of experts, including:
Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., Dairy and Food Culture Technologies Consultant, and Executive Director of the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)
Michael D. Gershon, M.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, Vagelos College of P&S
Miguel Freitas, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Danone North America
Danone will be accepting applications from graduate students starting on December 14, 2021 until February 14, 2022. The winner will be notified on April 4, 2022.
For additional information and qualification requirements, please refer to the application below. We look forward to reviewing your application!
*Candidates are encouraged to submit an application for their investigation or study of the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt as related to human health. The intent of the grant is not for disease treatment or clinical management; those addressing health and wellness will be prioritized. These can include the study of longevity, growth and development, and performance.
Danone North America, is awarding two graduate students a grant of $25,000 each. The successful candidates should excel in science and have an interest in studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness (the “Field”). Applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal for a study that explores measures of human health and wellness. 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. 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 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 during 2022.
Each candidate must meet the following requirements:
Student applications will be judged by an external committee based on:
For any questions regarding the Fellowship, please contact Christina Deecken @ firstname.lastname@example.org
In order for your application to be considered complete, please upload the following documents:
Application Review and Selection: After you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement from Pollock Communications on behalf of Danone.
Pollock Communications will collect and review all applications upon receipt to ensure they are complete. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Viable applications will be carefully reviewed by a panel of experts and researchers. Selection of the grant recipient will be determined on Danone’s complete and sole discretion. Danone reserves the right to not share details behind the selection process and to not inform applicants that were not chosen.
The grant recipient will be informed by April 4, 2022.
Scholarship Allocation: Funds provided by Danone North America, Public Benefit Corporation, are restricted for use either for tuition, or research related projects or as otherwise allocated at Danone's sole discretion. Danone will work directly with each of the grant recipients’ schools to credit $25,000 for 2022.
No payment will be made until evidence is received that the grant recipients were officially registered at the respective Institution for the 2021-2022 school year. Payment will be given directly to the school by Danone on behalf of grant recipient in one installment of $25,000. The installment will be paid during Spring 2022. Proof of full-time school attendance and a letter of good standing will be required in order for Danone to transfer the funds.
If the student chooses not to or, is for any reason, unable to follow-through with their intended academic pursuits in 2022, Danone reserves the right to award the scholarship to another applicant. Recipients of this scholarship are required to provide progress reports each semester on all academic work and achievements for one (1) entire academic year from the time funds are transferred.
Specifically, any research projects conducted by the recipient in which scholarship funds are utilized, shall be sent to Danone for review. Should any research result in published content, the recipient must inform Danone at least 60 calendar days before publication. Upon review, Danone reserves the right to be listed as a contributor/supporter to the student researcher.
Public Disclosure and Public Relations Activities:
Upon acceptance of the scholarship, the recipient gives the right to Danone North America, including any affiliates or subsidiaries, and its Public Relations agency (Pollock Communications), to use the recipient’s name, image, likeliness (in photographs and video) and detailed academic information on Danone’s online properties and social media channels, in press materials (including, but not limited to: press release, mat release, website, social media outlets), and in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law. Additionally, the grant recipient agrees to participate in media interviews regarding the fellowship and their academic pursuits.
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