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 the following grants to carry out research projects overseas:
We also offer the
Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial travel scholarship. Details for 2017 applications will be available soon.
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.
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
Please read the
BVA travel grant guidance notes (114 KB PDF) before you apply.
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 20 February 2017.
For further information please email
Previous BVA overseas travel grant reports
The following research reports were conducted by previous travel grant recipients in 2015:
Further reports available from
TAWS overseas travel grant
In collaboration with
World Association of Transport Animal Welfare and Studies (TAWS), we award annual travel grants to undergraduates for projects involving working animals used for draught and pack purposes, including transport and cultivation, in developing countries.
Value of grant
Up to £500 per grant.
- The project should be the applicant's own and not be part of an expedition
- There must be a reasonably achievable objective in the time available (probably 6 to 8 weeks)
- Applicants should be aware of the importance of being officially registered with the appropriate veterinary authorities before embarking on their projects
- Successful applicants will be expected to join TAWS and support its activities
- A 500-word summary with photographs, suitable for publication, must be sent to us within two months of the project being completed
The selection committee comprises representatives of TAWS.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be a BVA student member, in their clinical years at a veterinary school in the UK.
Apply for a TAWS overseas travel grant
Please read the
TAWS travel grant guidance (156 KB PDF) before applying.
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 20 February 2017
Previous TAWS travel grant reports
The following reports were written by previous TAWS grant recipients:
The Donkey Sanctuary overseas grant
The Donkey Sanctuary is offering one BVA overseas travel grant in 2017 for a UK based veterinary undergraduate, preferably in their clinical years of study.
The Travel Grant will support a visit to one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s international programmes. Grant recipients are expected to:
- Gain an insight into how The Donkey Sanctuary works with local communities to bring sustainable improvements to the welfare of their donkeys
- Write a reflective report at the end of their visit
- Make a contribution to the on-going work under the direction of the UK and local teams
Value of grant
Both travel grants will cover the costs of international travel and local subsistence.
Who can apply?
BVA student members attending a UK veterinary school, and preferably in their clinical years.
Apply for the Donkey Sanctuary's overseas grant
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Monday 20 February 2017.
For general information about The Donkey Sanctuary contact Angie Garner, International Veterinary Liaison Assistant:
To discuss the type of work that you may undertake or any specific donkey welfare interests, contact Dr Kevin Brown, Head of International Operations (Donkey):
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.
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 2016 grants have now closed.
For further information email
Recent Harry Steele-Bodger grant reports
Travel grants offered by other bodies
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 scholarship
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.