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Fellow Application

The Dannon Company, Inc.

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant Application Form

The Dannon Company, Inc. (“Dannon”) will award two undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students a grant of $25,000. The successful candidate should excel in science and have an interest in the field of the gut microbiome’s effect on human health and well-being, or in the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt, fermented dairy products and probiotics on the body (the “Field”). Examples may include the role of calcium, vitamin D or other nutrients from yogurt, or the effects of probiotics, fermented dairy products or yogurt on brain function, digestive health, weight management or heart health. The award will be for tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Dannon’s sole discretion and will be payable directly to the student’s educational institution to support their continued education on related topics during 2017.

Each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current, full-time enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral student, at least 18 years of age, studying in the Field (as defined above) during the 2016-2017 academic year at an accredited U.S. Institution.
  • Utilize the funds in 2017.
  • Be in good standing with their college/institution.
    • An official letter outlining the student's current status and standing from the college or institution is required.
    • Be currently enrolled in or applying to a program with a focus in the Field (as defined above).
  • Receive a nomination and recommendation from two professors.
  • Submit a written essay (questions provided below) that answers the question of how they would like to broaden the Field (as defined above).
  • Submit an official transcript.
  • Submit a CV/Resume.
  • Be a current United States citizen (proof of citizenship is required) or permanent U.S. resident (proof of residency is required).
    • Acceptable documents include copy of the student’s passport or green card.
  • Upload completed application and recommendations online within the allotted acceptance period (October 19, 2016 – February 15, 2017).
  • Student applications will be judged on:
    • Academic achievement
    • Relevant career objectives
    • Personal motivation to participate in the program

For any questions regarding the Fellowship, please contact Lara Flanagan via email (

Please fill in each of the following fields:
Legal name of Applicant*:
Mailing address*:
City, state zip:
Telephone number:
Email address*:
Current Status:  Undergraduate Graduate School Student Postdoctoral Student
Current Academic Institution*:
Academic Advisor*:
Email Advisor*:
Name of Professor Recommendation 1*:
Email of Professor Recommendation 1*:
Name of Professor Recommendation 2*:
Email of Professor Recommendation 2*:
Major / Declared Focus of Study:
Current Academic Standing (GPA, Honors, etc.):
Completed and Current Course List:
Current Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships:
Educational History*:
How did you hear about the Fellowship Grant program

Essay Questions:

Describe your current or intended field of study and general academic accomplishments broadly related to the Field (as defined above). (Maximum 300 words)

How will this grant help you achieve your research or academic goals? Please give us a breakdown of your intended budget.

Define your hypothesis and/or objective(s) for your research or educational plan. (Maximum 300 words)

Provide an outline of your proposed project or research study, including methodology and results/outcome measures if applicable. If applicable, specify the type of bacteria (genus, species and strain) you intend to study. Provide details for any research activities that will be performed in collaboration with other laboratories or research groups. (Maximum 300 words)

Describe the support and resources specific to your grant/field/project you have at your institution, including clinical or laboratory tools, and key advisors or faculty. (Maximum 300 words)

How do you plan to utilize your degree post-graduation? If you are a post-doctoral scholar, what is your intended path after you finish your postdoc research? (Maximum 300 words)

What uniquely qualifies you from other applicants? (Maximum 300 words)

In order for your application to be considered complete, please upload the following documents:

  • Written statements addressing essay questions
  • CV/Resume

  • Official letter from a Dean or institution's Registrar Office confirming current enrollment

  • Current (and any relevant previous) academic transcripts

  • Proof of United States citizenship or permanent residency

Application Review and Selection:

After you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement from Pollock Communications on behalf of Dannon. Pollock Communications will collect and review all applications upon receipt to ensure they are complete. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. All complete applications will then be carefully reviewed by a panel of experts and researchers. The grant recipient will be informed by April 1, 2017. Selection of the grant recipient will be determined on Dannon’s complete and sole discretion. Dannon reserves the right to not share details behind the selection process and to not inform applicants that were not chosen.

Scholarship Allocation:
Funds provided by Dannon as part of the 2016/2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant are restricted for use either for tuition, or research related projects or as otherwise allocated at Dannon's sole discretion. Dannon will work directly with the two grant recipients’ schools to credit $25,000 each for 2017.

No payment will be made until evidence is received that the grant recipients were officially registered at the respective Institution for the 2016-2017 school year. Payment will be given directly to the school by Dannon on behalf of each grant recipient in one installment of $25,000. The installment will be paid during Spring 2017. Proof of full-time school attendance and a letter of good standing will be required in order for Dannon 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 2017, Dannon 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 Dannon for review. Should any research result in published content, the the recipient must inform Dannon at least 30 calendar days before publication. Upon review, Dannon 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 Dannon, and its Public Relations agency (Pollock Communications), to use the recipient’s name, image, likeliness (in photographs and video) and detailed academic information on Dannon’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.

By my signature below, I acknowledge, understand, accept and agree to comply with the information and rules contained in this document.

Applicant Signature: