Awards of up to £2,000 are on offer as the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) opens applications for its 2017 Animal Welfare Student Scholarships.

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Projects must be relevant to improving the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, zoo or free-living wild animals whose welfare is compromised by human factors. Image: melnikofd / Fotolia.

The aim of the scheme is to help students pursue their interests in animal welfare, providing them with the opportunity to conduct relevant research or other projects.


UFAW said students will typically be undertaking courses in the agricultural, biological, psychological, veterinary or zoological sciences, but also welcomes applications from students in other disciplines interested in undertaking an animal welfare project.

Projects are normally carried out during the summer vacation, said the federation, and can be in the UK or overseas at institutions with a UFAW university link.

The human role

Funded projects must, however, be relevant to improving or better understanding the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, zoo or free-living wild animals whose welfare is compromised by human factors.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £2,000 to cover subsistence, which works out at £200 per week for up to eight weeks, and project costs up to a maximum of £400.

  • Further information and the application form, which must be submitted by 28 February, is available at
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