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Fellow Application


The Dannon Company, Inc.

2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant

Dannon, as a part of DanoneWave Public Benefits Corporation, is awarding two graduate students a grant of $25,000 each. The successful candidates should excel in science and have an interest in studying yogurt, probiotics and the gut microbiome’s role in promoting human health (the “Field”). Examples may include the role of yogurt or other nutrients from yogurt, probiotics, or fermented dairy products on brain function, growth and development, digestive health, weight management or heart health. Topics may also include factors, such as foods or nutrients, that influence the gut microbiome. The award will be for tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Dannon’s sole discretion. It will be payable directly to the student’s educational institution to support their continued education on related topics during 2018.

Each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an incoming or current, full-time enrolled graduate student, at least 18 years of age, studying in the Field (as defined above) during the 2017-2018 academic year at an accredited U.S. Institution.
  • Be in good standing in the college or university, as well as major program of study. Confirmation letter from department chair, dean or institution's graduate studies, registrar or admissions office required.
  • Be a current U.S. 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 online within the allotted acceptance period (December 5, 2017 – February 15, 2018).
    • Submit written essays (questions provided below)
    • Submit an official transcript
    • Submit a CV/Resume
    • Two letters of recommendations received from faculty members or advisors by February 25, 2018
  • Funds must be utilized in 2018.

Student applications will be judged by an external committee based on:

  • Strength of project proposal
  • Relevance and feasibility of the project objectives, methodology and outcome measures
  • Evidence of ability and resources to successfully complete proposed project
  • Value to the Field (as defined above)
  • Academic performance
  • Letters of recommendation

For any questions regarding the Fellowship, please contact Stephanie Baber via email (sbaber@pollock-pr.com).

Please fill in each of the following fields:
Legal name of Applicant:
Date:
Mailing address:
City, state zip:
Telephone number:
Email address:
Current Status: Incoming Graduate StudentCurrent Graduate Student
Academic institution for graduate studies:
Research/academic advisor:
Email for 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 (if applicable):
Educational History:
How did you hear about the Dannon Fellowship Grant program?

Essay Questions:

1. Please describe your project or research. Maximum 150 words.

2. Please outline your project objectives, methodology and outcome measures. If applicable, specify the type of bacteria (genus, species and strain) you intend to study. Maximum 300 words.

3. 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 150 words.

Please give us a breakdown of how you will utilize the funds.*
*Indirect costs are not addressed or delineated in the Dannon Fellowship Grant. Students to discuss this with their graduate studies advisor or office of research.

4. Describe your experience or the progress you have made in the Field (as defined above). Maximum 150 words.

5. Why is your proposed project or study important to the field of yogurt, probiotics and the gut microbiome? Maximum 150 words.

6. Please tell us how the Grant will help you achieve your professional goals in the Field (as defined above). Maximum 150 words.

To complete your application, please identify the name and email address of two faculty members or advisors to provide written recommendations. Each individual will be contacted by us directly to submit their letter of recommendation separate from the application. It is recommended that you alert your professors to ensure receipt of the notification and that they may meet the deadline for recommendation submission, February 25, 2018.

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

  • Answers to essay questions
  • CV/Resume
  • Official letter from a Dean or institution's registrar or admissions office confirming current enrollment
  • Current (and any relevant previous) academic transcripts
  • Proof of United States citizenship or permanent residency
  • Two letters of recommendation (by February 25, 2018)

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 15, 2018. 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 DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, 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 each of the grant recipients’ schools to credit $25,000 for 2018.

No payment will be made until evidence is received that the grant recipients were officially registered at the respective Institution for the 2017-2018 school year. Payment will be given directly to the school by Dannon on behalf of grant recipient in one installment of $25,000. The installment will be paid during Spring 2018. 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 2018, 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 recipient must inform Dannon at least 60 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, as part of DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, including any affiliates or subsidiaries, and its Public Relations agency (Pollock Communications), to use the recipient’s name, image, likeness (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.

  • 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

Applicant Signature: