Application Process

We invite applications from researchers with skills and interests from some or all of the following fields of research:

Wildlife Biology and Ecology ~ Disease Ecology and Modeling ~ Evolutionary Biology of Host and Pathogen ~ Pathogen Surveillance and Discovery ~ Animal Health and Veterinary Sciences ~ Genome Science and Bioinformatics ~ Diseases of Domesticated Species and Livestock

Participants will be comprised of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty from academia as well as professional researchers and/or managers from government agencies and non-profit organizations.

As the workshop is limited to 22-26 attendees, applicants will be prioritized by level of technical and background experiences, research project topic, and potential for a direct impact of the workshop experience on wildlife disease issues. After review by the workshop selection committee, participants will be notified of their acceptance via email with further instructions for registration and payment schedule.

We anticipate a diverse group of participants, including minorities, women and international researchers. Our goal is to continue to expand a new network of colleagues focused on using the most advanced tools targeting animal health and survival in the wild and in managed populations worldwide.

To date, the GDW 2017-2019 series has trained 73 researchers (43 women, 30 men) of which ~25% were international scientists. Post-workshop participant surveys gave high scores for GDW workshops with a cumulative average of 4.7 of 5 for overall scientific value and 4.8 of 5 for overall venue experience.

2020 Workshop Cost: We estimate registration fees to be $2,700, which may be lowered, pending sponsor support for the course. The workshop cost will cover tuition, meals and housing. For more details, see Registration & Accommodations. We are pleased to offer NSF-sponsored awards for graduate students in 2020.

Pre-Workshop Clinic: An optional Command Line Pre-Workshop Clinic will be offered by two of our instructors Bob Fitak, Ph.D. and Mark Stenglein Ph.D. on May 31, 2020 to help you brush up on your computer skills. If interested, please sign up on the Applicant Information PDF part of the application package.

Important Deadlines

Application Submission Deadline: January 3, 2020
Application Decision Letter: January 10, 2020 – February 10, 2020
Notification of Scholarship Awards: April 3, 2020
Registration and Tuition Payment Deadline: April 24, 2020

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials via email by January 3, 2020. All materials requested are required in order to be considered by the selection committee.

  1. Completed Applicant Information PDF
  2. 500-1000 word essay explaining how you envision attending the ‘Genomics of Disease in Wildlife Workshop’ will assist your current and future projects or career plans in wildlife disease.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Optional: Include PDFs of your authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (2 max).

Completed application materials should be emailed to