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:

Also see travel grants awarded by other bodies

BVA and Vetwork UK overseas travel grant

Travel grant recipient working in CameroonThe 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.

Vetwork UK overseas travel grant

International animal charity Vetwork UK welcomes applications for all types of overseas projects. However projects that specifically reflect the work of Vetwork UK will be given preference.

Examples of Vetwork's areas of interest include:

  • Community based animal health care projects
  • Studying the impact of disasters or disaster response on animal species
  • Livestock and the environment
  • Human-animal interactions

Value of grants

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

Vetwork UK awards £500 to two overseas research projects every year. 

BVA and Vetwork UK 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 and Vetwork UK within two months of the project being completed

Who can apply?

The grants are now available to all UK veterinary students who are BVA members, not just those in their clinical years.

Apply for a BVA or Vetwork UK overseas travel grant

Applications for the 2016 grants have now closed.

For further information email susiec@bva.co.uk

Previous BVA overseas travel grant reports

The following research reports were conducted by previous travel grant recipients in 2015:

Further reports available from susiec@bva.co.uk

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.

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 six to eight 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

Applications for the 2016 grants 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 two BVA overseas travel grants in 2016 for:

  • Grant 1: One veterinary undergraduate, preferably in their clinical years of study
  • Grant 2: One veterinary undergraduate and one social science undergraduate. This is a unique opportunity for a vet student and a social science student (social anthropology, international development, human or animal geography etc.) to share the experience and better understand the multi-disciplinary nature of The Donkey Sanctuary’s work

Travel grants 1 and 2 will support a visit to one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s international programmes in Mexico, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya or India. 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 piece (jointly for the second grant)
  • 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?

Veterinary and social science undergraduates at UK universities may apply. Veterinary student applicants must be BVA student members and preferably in their clinical years.

Apply for the Donkey Sanctuary's overseas grant

Applications for 2016 grants have now closed.

For general information about The Donkey Sanctuary contact Angie Garner, International Veterinary Liaison Assistant: 
Email angie.garner@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk 
Tel:  01395 573046 

To discuss the type of work that you may undertake or any specific donkey welfare interests, contact Dr Kevin Brown, International Programme Development Manager (Donkey):
Email: kevin.brown@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
Tel: 01395 57301

    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 2016 grants have now closed.

    For further information email helenac@bva.co.uk 

    Recent Harry Steele-Bodger grant reports

    Travel grants offered by other bodies

    Local girl in Mongolia photographed by previous grant recipientRCVS 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 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.