AWF student grant scheme

Are you keen to learn more about the field of animal welfare and develop your research skills? 

Do you have an idea for a short research project that could have a practical impact on animal welfare? 

Apply now for a unique opportunity to conduct a short research project, with the chance to present your work at our prestigious Discussion Forum.

Application deadline: midnight, Sunday 31st January 2021 


Who can apply?

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply if their project is within scope.

Scope of research project

Scope of research project

We will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop your skills as a reseacher. This year we are also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS, as long as they are supervised.

What will the grant cover?

What will the grant cover?

The grants are for intra or extra-curricular projects. We will cover the costs of the project but not overhead costs. Students can claim a stipend for extra-curricular projects.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Please make sure that you can fulfil all the grant requirements before applying. You can find our application guidelines and terms & conditions in the documents below. Send your application to by midnight on 31st January 2021.


Greater weighting will be given to projects which help develop the student’s understanding of research and animal welfare – Read our definition of animal welfare

We are looking for projects on current animal welfare issues, particularly those that are likely to be relevant to the veterinary profession.  It may be helpful to read the results of our Delphi research project on animal welfare priority issues of managed animals in the UK.

Applications with a convincing and coherent intent and sound methodology are more likely to be successful. We will also be looking for clear and achievable plans for dissemination of the project’s results.

A full list of grant requirements can be found on pages 1 and 2 of the Application Form.

Ready to make your application?

Please review our guidelines in the Application Form and check our Terms and Conditions before making your application.

Student Grant Application Form_2020

AWF Terms and Conditions_2020

Return your application form by midnight on Sunday 31st January 2021 to

  1. “I feel proud of my research and what this project represents - support for the younger generations to make a difference with research.”

    Abigail Liston, University of Surrey, 'Welfare study using the AWAG to Measure Quality of Life of Breeding macaques'
  2. “I have a deep interest in animal welfare and this grant allowed me the opportunity to pursue research on a topic that is important to me.”

    Victoria McCulloch, University of Edinburgh, 'Public perception and poultry production'.
  3. “This project has been an invaluable experience which has improved many of my previous skills and taught me new life skills which will benefit me greatly in my future veterinary career. ”

    Mollie Rudd, University of Liverpool, 'Understanding the role of hormones associated with parturition in the development of lameness in dairy cattle'.

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