Travel grants for students 

 If you are a BVA student member at a UK vet school, or a recent graduate, then you can apply for a BVA travel grant to carry out research projects overseas:

See travel grants awarded by other bodies

BVA overseas travel grant

The BVA overseas travel grant scheme gives students the chance to gain experience in the prevention and control of exotic and emerging animal diseases, as well as helping them to develop beneficial life skills such as communication, adaptability and open-mindedness.  

Ellie Milnes in Namibia

Value of grants

We award £500 to up to 4 UK undergraduates every year.

BVA grant requirements

  • Applicants must undertake a research project that contributes to sustainable development and good animal welfare in a developing country
  • The research project should be the applicant's own and not be part of an expedition, straightforward voluntary work, or preclinical/clinical EMS 
  • A research project overseas may help support the veterinary school requirement for students to undertake a research project (sometimes classed as part of EMS)
  • There should be a reasonably achievable objective in the time available
  • A summary report of up to 1,000 words with photographs, suitable for publication, must be sent to BVA within two months of the project being completed

Who can apply?

BVA student members studying at a UK vet school - all years are welcome to apply

Apply for a BVA travel grant

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

For further information please email

Previous BVA overseas travel grant reports

The following research reports were conducted by previous travel grant recipients:

Further reports available from

    Harry Steele-Bodger memorial travel scholarship

    The Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship was established in September 1953 to honour the memory of Henry W Steele-Bodger, President of the Association from 1939 to 1941, in recognition of his great services to the veterinary profession and agriculture, particularly during World War Two. See Harry Steele-Bodger's biography (48 KB PDF)

    The scholarship is intended to assist a visit to a veterinary or agricultural school, research institute or some other course of study approved by the governing committee.

    Alpacas in Peru

    Who can apply?

    Penultimate and final year veterinary students, and graduates of UK and Ireland veterinary schools qualified for no more than three years.

    Apply for Harry Steele-Bodger scholarship

    Applications for 2019 are now closed.

    For further information please email 

    Recent Harry Steele-Bodger grant reports

    Travel grants offered by other bodies

    Local girl in Mongolia photographed by previous grant recipient

    Animal Welfare Foundation
    The AWF Student Grant Scheme offers students the opportunity to carry out short, innovative research projects designed to practically and positively impact animal welfare.

    AVS EMS Grants
    AVS have launched their EMS grants in partnership with VDS Training. The grants will offer financial support to veterinary students to complete an EMS placement. 

    RCVS Knowledge
    Travel scholarships to attend international veterinary conferences, or pursue themes of clinical or non-clinical research involving short-term visits to veterinary or medical centres or research institutes abroad.

    British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) Zebra Foundation
    For vet students practising at an institution specialising in zoological medicine or undertaking research projects.

    MAH-IVSA Scholarship and Travel Grant Programme
    The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) and Merck Animal Health (MAH) provide between 50 and 100 scholarships of $500 to $2,000 for veterinary students to gain international experience.

    MSD Animal Health Connect Bursary
    A bursary for UK veterinary undergraduates from each of the UK’s veterinary schools to undertake research in new and exciting areas of veterinary work. Projects can be overseas or UK based. 

    The Moredun Foundation TMF Award
    An annual scholarship for short-term projects to broaden your education and experience in livestock health and welfare and the agricultural industry.

    The Winston Churchill travelling fellowship
    Offering fellowships to anyone in the UK wishing to gain knowledge and experience overseas in science and technology.

    Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) animal welfare student scholarships
    UFAW invites students at British universities and academic institutions to apply for its student scholarships.

    Wellcome Trust Biomedical vacation scholarships
    Enables students or trainees in the industry to carry out a project which is aimed at improving the welfare of food animals in markets, during transport or at slaughter.

    Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association (LAVA) EMS study scheme
    LAVA's scheme covers reasonable expenditure for veterinary students wishing to 'see practice' with veterinarians working in laboratory animal science and medicine, as part of their extramural studies. Placements (for 1 or 2 weeks) are arranged throughout the UK and Ireland.

    Dr Hadwen Trust's Summer Studentship Scheme
    Assistance for undergraduate students in gaining practical animal-replacement research experience by working in a laboratory environment. Research that requires or involves the use of living animals in any way will not be supported.

    World Horse Welfare bursary
    The undergraduate bursary scheme is open to veterinary or farriery students studying in the UK or Ireland, who have a special interest in horse welfare. Successful applicants can work at one of World Horse Welfare’s (WHW) rescue centres in the UK or as part of WHW’s international programme. 

    Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) grants
    HSA offers grants for essential research and other projects aimed at improving animal welfare during transport, in markets and at slaughter.