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The Curriculum in Toxicology and Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology (CEMALB) announce the availability of funding support for graduate students enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill who are seeking specialized training at another site to advance the progress of their doctoral studies in environmental health.

The fund is intended to support domestic travel expenses incurred by graduate students in the course of obtaining advanced hands-on, laboratory-based training that will enhance the quality of doctoral studies in environmental health at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Currently enrolled UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students who are conducting doctoral dissertation research related to the effects of the environment on human health.

To be eligible, the student must be in good standing and have successfully passed the qualifying doctoral written examination at the time of proposed travel/training.


The funding is designed to support travel expenses of graduate students seeking specialized training from extramural laboratories in academic, government or industry settings.

Attendance at workshops that have a significant hands-on training component will also be considered.

The intent is to support students pursuing studies that require advanced, cutting-edge methodologies that are not currently available at UNC-Chapel Hill or in neighboring academic, government or industry institutions.

It is expected that the skills acquired by the student receiving support from this funding source will advance the student’s dissertation research and be transferable widely to other laboratories at UNC-Chapel Hill through the sharing of protocols, tutorials, etc.


1) A Project Description (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, 12 font, 1 inch margins) that clearly articulates the need for the training and its specific benefit to the student’s dissertation research, the training program and environmental health research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

2) A Letter of Support from the doctoral dissertation adviser describing the nature of the work, its relevance to environmental health research, the laboratory environment and its current funding.

3) A Letter of Invitation from the principal investigator of the host laboratory documenting the invitation of the applicant and specifying the training that will be provided. An e-mail is also acceptable.

4) If funds are requested to support attendance at a hands-on workshop, documentation of acceptance into the workshop and detailed information on the training that will be received must be included in the application.

4) Applicant CV.

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis while funds are available.


Support will be considered for up to $2000 in travel expenses associated with extramural training, including air fare, local transportation, housing and per-diem at current UNC Chapel Hill rates.

Funds may not be used to offset student stipend and/or tuition/fees, or to pay for travel expenses or registration fees to meetings or conferences.

As a condition of support, funded students agree to write a brief post-training report describing their training experience and to share their new skills with other trainees at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Please send applications and supporting information to:

David Chapman