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. Danone strives not to rely on animal testing in its development and research activities, therefore, ONLY research proposals that utilize in vitro and ethical human clinical studies are welcome.
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.
Please note that research cannot employ commercial probiotic strains. This includes strains that are isolated from a commercial product, provided by a commercial culture supplier (such as DuPont, Chr. Hansens or Lallemand) or are subject of or protected by patent. Publicly available, non-commercial strains are acceptable.
Danone is committed to the highest scientific and ethical standards in its innovation and scientific research activities to obtain scientific knowledge on the impact of food, nutrition and health and to ensure effective and safe medical and health solutions.
Danone strives not to rely on animal testing in its development and research activities, therefore, ONLY research proposals that utilize in vitro and ethical human clinical studies are welcome.
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 2023-2024 academic year.
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 @ email@example.com
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 8, 2024.
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 2024.
No payment will be made until evidence is received that the grant recipients were officially registered at the respective Institution for the 2023-2024 academic 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 Semester 2024. 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 2024, 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. Danone strives not to rely on animal testing in its development and research activities, therefore, ONLY research proposals that utilize in vitro and ethical human clinical studies are welcome. 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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