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VMLRP Personal Statement (NIFA-02-10)

The Personal Statement should be organized by addressing how the applicant will address the specific needs of the shortage situation they are applying to fill. This document is the opportunity for applicants to discuss how their unique knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience will compliment and fulfill the needs of shortage situation.


Applicants will create their own document for the personal statement. The Personal Statement must include a description of the applicant’s short- and long-term career objectives in veterinary medicine and a plan to achieve these objectives, along with relevant knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, practice plans and logistics relevant to addressing the specific shortage situation. 

Renewal applicants should use the personal statement to present a progress report beginning with the start date of the applicant’s current or most recent VMLRP award. Information should describe how the applicant has effectively addressed the specific shortage situation; how renewing the award would affect the applicant’s ability to continue mitigating this shortage situation; and how renewal will contribute to short- and/or long-term career objectives.

For specific guidance for writing a compelling and complete personal statement, thoroughly review the Request for Application (RFA).

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