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:

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

Please read the BVA travel grant guidance notes (114 KB PDF) before you apply.

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

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. 

A customer attending a worming clinic in Morocco

Value of grant

Up to £500 per grant.

Grant requirements

  • 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.

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

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
Kate Milner - Donkey Sanctuary project in Kenya

Value of grant   

The travel grant will cover the cost 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

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

For further information contact Angie Garner, International Liaison Officer: 
Tel: 01395 573046 

    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.

    Applications for 2017 have now closed.

    For further information email 

    Recent Harry Steele-Bodger grant reports

    Travel grants offered by other bodies

    Local girl in Mongolia photographed by previous grant recipient

    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.