Back to Stories & News

MEDIA ALERT: DENVER/June 5, 2024 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting Fellowship Training proposals for studies focused on wildlife health topics. All proposals should advance the health and overall welfare of wildlife.

Fellowship Training grants are designed to assist new investigators in launching a successful research career by providing salary support within a high-quality mentoring environment. This year, Morris Animal Foundation has additional funding opportunities for applicants from historically marginalized groups through its Donor-Inspired Study program. Sally R. McIntosh, a dedicated supporter of Morris Animal Foundation for nearly 14 years, is funding these minority fellowships. McIntosh’s commitment to the Foundation began with her initial gift in 2009 to support greyhound health research. Over the years, her support has expanded to include wildlife health, with the goal of making “a tiny dent” in diversifying the animal health research community.

All proposals will undergo a two-stage review process. The initial review will ensure compliance with the proposal guidelines and assess the scientific merit and potential impact of the study proposal and animal health impact statement. Proposals that pass the initial screening will undergo full proposal review by a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of subject matter experts.

The deadline for proposal submission is 4:59 p.m. EST., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024. Proposals must be submitted to Applicants are required to register by creating a login on the site. The individual submitting the application must be the applicant or principal investigator. Interested applicants can find more information on the Foundation’s Grants page or the FAQ webpage.

Scientific Advisory Board
Benedetta Amato, DMV, PhD – University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Craig Harms, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM – North Carolina State University
William David Krucik, MS, DVM – Stanford University
Leith Meyer, BSc Hon, BVSc, PhD – University of Pretoria, South Africa
Hendrick Nollens, DVM, MSc, PhD – San Diego Zoo Wildlife Association
Gizem Levent, DVM, PHD – Texas A&M University
Justin Brown, DVM, PhD – Penn State University
Daniella Chusyd, PhD – Indiana University
Zachary Laubach, PhD – University of Colorado, Boulder
Gebbiena Bron, DVM, PhD – Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Leigh Combrink, MSc, PhD – University of Arizona
Mary Ann Ottinger, BS, MS, PhD – University of Houston
Robert Poppenga DVM, PhD, DABVT – University of California, Davis
Scott Henke, PhD – Texas A&M University
Ashley Barratclough, BVetMed, MSc, WAH, MS, PhD – National Marine Mammal Foundation

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $160 million in nearly 3,000 critical studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Media Contact: Kelly Diehl