National Needs Fellowship

Program Description

The Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR) has recruited high quality graduate students for doctoral level training in genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatic technologies applied to the study of fungal pathogens of plants and host plant responses. This program will produce graduates trained in modern research technologies as well as professionalism and instruction.  

 The CIFR National Needs Fellowship Program, sponsored by the USDA and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University, admitted Fellows to pursue a doctoral degree. All members of CIFR are faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology, and as such, students will primarily be recruited into this department.  Furthermore, most CIFR faculty hold adjunct appointments in other departments, thus allowing Fellows to pursue a Ph.D. in other degree programs including Genetics, Genomics Sciences (Functional Genomics & Bioinformatics), and Plant Biology.   Fellows will be highly encouraged to achieve a minor in Biotechnology, Functional Genomics, or Bioinformatics.

In addition to normal coursework and dissertation research, Fellows: