Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship - One Health Commission

Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship

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Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial
One Health Scholarship
Funded by Georgia Aquarium,
Administered by the One Health Commission

2023 Winner Announcement


A $5,000 USD Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship is available to a graduate student in wildlife biology, epidemiology, veterinary, medical, public health, basic or social sciences or other program focusing on the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment using a One Health framework. The next cycle of applications will be announced spring 2023.
Greg Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D. was a highly respected veterinarian, pathologist, and conservationist committed to advancing the understanding of marine mammals as sentinels of ocean and human health. With a career spanning 30 years and over 200 publications, Dr. Bossart identified resurgent and emerging diseases in dolphins, manatees, birds, and whales. His research and innovative techniques helped characterize the first viral diseases in manatees and he was responsible for developing the first immunohistochemical technique for diagnosing brevetoxicosis (red tide poisoning) in both marine mammals and birds.
Dr. Bossart was a dedicated proponent of the One Health concept and approach which was a prominent theme in his long-running Atlantic bottlenose dolphin Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) project. Started in 2003, HERA was developed to monitor how dolphin health in coastal habitats is impacted by environmental stressors and how those stressors potentially also impact human health. His contributions to the study of marine mammal health are far-reaching, and through this scholarship, Georgia Aquarium is committed to honoring Dr. Bossart's One Health legacy.

2023 Awardee


Mehak Hafeez
for her One Health Project titled 

Sensor-Based Detection of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Dal Lake, Kashmir: Advancing One Health through Participatory Surveillance



Mehak is a PhD Student at the SKUAST-Kashmir University in Srinagar, Jamu and Kashmir, India



See Past Winning Applications

Eligibility & Requirements
  1. Applicant must be a student, anywhere in the world, currently registered in a post-graduate program (toward MSc, PhD, DVM, MPH, MD, or equivalent, clinical or research degrees) and working on a research project that encompasses the One Health model and/or addresses a One Health topic. [If you have been 'accepted' into a graduate program and can provide a letter attesting to that fact, but have not yet begun classwork or research, Yes, you qualify.] Clinical Residents not involved in research or not working toward a MS or PhD, and Postdocs or Fellows who have already finished their PhD research training are not eligible for this scholarship.
  2. Funds can be used to support research or educational costs (tuition, fieldwork supplies, analytical costs, conference travel, etc.) and should be outlined in the application materials.
  3. If international electronic transfer of funds is required, expenses incurred in that transfer will be deducted from the total award amount.

*Note: Projects that are conceptualized within a One Health framework from the outset will stand out to reviewers.*



How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit (as a single pdf packet, use a pdf merger program) in English:
1. Project Title Page

2. Project Narrative  - Not to exceed 1,000 words, that includes:

  • Abstract,
  • Background / Introduction,
  • Project Goals,
  • Methods,
  • Importance/Contribution,
  • How the proposed work fits within the One Health framework,
  • Use of funds.
  • List of References (not included in the 1000 word count).

3. A current CV.

4. A letter from the graduate program that the student has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in demonstrating their good standing. The goal is to demonstrate / prove that the applicant is currently a student 1) working toward a degree and 2) doing a research project.

5. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or clinician who is familiar with the student’s work.

Items 1-5 above must all be included in the merged pdf. Only applications submitted in English as a single (merged) pdf will be considered.

Name your merged pdf file using this format:  "[First Name] [Last Name] Bossart Application 2023"

Application packets must be submitted electronically by June 9, 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time Zone via this Submission Form https://tinyurl.com/3pbevk5z

Applicants will receive a confirmation message upon submission. We are unable to provide further feedback on individual applications.

The Awardee will receive direct notification, followed by an announcement to the wider One Health Community via email and on this scholarship webpage.

Questions may be directed to: BossartScholarship@onehealthcommission.org




Review Process
It will be obvious to the Application Reviewers if the project was not 'conceived' in a One Health framework. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Scientific merit and overall significance
  • Likelihood of achieving goals
  • How the proposed work fits within the One Health framework
  • Quality and clarity of proposal

Note: This scholarship award goes directly to the student and not via his/her University.


Awardees will be acknowledged:
  • On this Dr. Gregory Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship webpage. An edited version of the successful applicant’s Project Narrative essay will be included in the webpage posting.
  • In an Award Announcement message to the One Health Commission's global listserv of One Health advocates / stakeholders.
  • In the Commission's monthly One Health Happening newsletter
  • On the One Health Commission's Social Media pages
  • Through Georgia Aquarium’s newsroom and newsletter.
  • On a plaque honoring Dr. Bossart’s memory hanging at the Georgia Aquarium.


During their tenure, the successful applicant will be expected to work with the One Health Commission and Georgia Aquarium to publicize the student's work and its contribution to Dr. Bossart's legacy.
Within a year of receiving the award the student awardee will complete at least two of the following activities:
  1. Blog post about One Health and their project (venue of their choice)
  2. Narrative of One Health in Action post on the OHC website.
  3. Post for the scholarship webpage about how the scholarship helped their academic progress.
  4. Record a video (at least 5 minutes) about the One Health aspects of their project and how the scholarship has supported that project.
Within two years of the award date the awardee will submit a final report to the One Health Commission (1,000 word limit) outlining how the funds were used and describing how the objectives in the application essay were achieved. This final report will also be published on the scholarship webpage.


The Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship was initiated in 2021.




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