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 2018 (PDF 148 KB) 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.

Apply now

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 19 February 2018

For further information please email policy@bva.co.uk

Previous BVA overseas travel grant reports

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

Further reports available from policy@bva.co.uk

    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

    Please read the Harry Steele-Bodger scholarship guidance notes (PDF 188 KB) before applying.

    Apply now

    The deadline for applications is Friday 4 May 2018

    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 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.