AWSELVA is fully committed to supporting students and offers student membership FREE of charge as well as heavily discounted conference registration. Several UK universities have an AWSELVA representative on their staff, to help students with an interest in animal welfare and AWSELVA's activities (see below).
We can offer students practical assistance in many ways; for example, providing speakers for animal welfare, ethics and/or law-themed Clinical Club Evenings, Symposia or Congresses, or helping find an academic supervisor for a research project.
If students wish to form their own AWSEL (Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) association at their university or college, AWSELVA will happily provide assistance and support for this.
AWSELVA is aware of the following sources of funding for students wishing to pursue animal welfare-related projects and activities. The list is checked regularly, but please let us know about any others or if you find a broken link.
Animal Welfare Foundation Student Research Grants
AWF student grants were created to support the development of veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, agricultural studies or animal welfare students in the field of animal welfare and are intended for extracurricular research projects only. The projects must be designed to have a practical and positive impact on raising animal welfare standards and be based on sound scientific principles.
Association for the study of Animal Behavioiur
ASAB has a number of different grants available for students and researchers, and those interested in attending conferences or workshops in the field of Animal Behaviour.
BVA Travel Grants
Student travel grants are awarded by the BVA to allow vet students to contribute to veterinary work in developing countries.
British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) Zebra Foundation
The Zebra Foundation for Zoological Education invites applications from individual vets and vet students to undertake research projects that will further their skills and knowledge of zoo and wildlife health. The Foundation awards grants according to the Trustees’ assessment of the project’s contribution to the applicant’s zoological education and the field of zoological medicine in general.
European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology
The ESVCE offer the Rudy de Meester grant for clinical research in behavioural medicine, aimed at improving and widening knowledge in practical clinical ethology at large to the benefits of companion animals, including horses.Applications are welcomed from students or qualified veterinarians working in the field of clinical ethology.
Humane Slaughter Association
The HSA has a number of grant schemes for research and other projects aimed at improving animal welfare during transport, marketing, slaughter and killing for disease control and welfare reasons.
Open Philanthropy Project Masters Scholarships for Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare
The Open Philanthropy Project and the University of Edinburgh have come together to provide scholarships for three African veterinarians or animal scientists to complete the Masters programme in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare.
RCVS Knowledge Grants and Awards
Assist veterinary undergraduates planning to undertake a research projects
UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships
Aims to encourage students to develop their interests in animal welfare and their abilities for animal welfare research.
Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships
Provide research experience in the summer vacation for students considering a career in research.
AWSELVA University Representatives
AWSELVA University Representatives are a point of contact between AWSELVA and several academic institutions. Amongst their activities, they represent AWSELVA to staff and students, support and assist students who are interested in animal welfare science, ethics and law, and facilitate the hosting of AWSELVA conferences at the University. These are our University Representatives: