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Research Training Scholarships

RTSTHIS AWARD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. When available an invitation to apply will be announced.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page before submitting an application.


As part of its endeavours to encourage high quality science likely to lead to substantial advances in animal welfare UFAW runs a number of student scholarship schemes.

The UFAW Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship is a larger award up to a maximum of £100,000, made to enable a promising veterinary or science graduate to undertake a programme of research leading to a degree at the doctoral level. 

UFAW is particularly interested in the following fields:

  • development of approaches to eliminate or alleviate significant welfare problems in farmed animals
  • development of methodologies aimed at elucidation of the neurological basis of sentience in animals
  • development of methods of welfare / quality of life assessment, including detection and alleviation of pain, distress and cumulative lifetime experience
  • development of methods for humane pest control
  • research aimed at improving the welfare of fish – especially those farmed or caught for food.

However, UFAW does not wish to exclude potentially valuable projects in other aspects of animal welfare science and, when open, applications for work in other areas are also welcomed.


Application Procedure


When open, application for this award will be a two-stage process. Initially, supervisors are asked to submit a brief Concept Note (complete with curriculum vitae and publications list).

Following assessment of these Concept Notes, selected applicants are invited to submit more detailed proposals prepared jointly by the supervisor and the PhD candidate. This two-stage process will allow the panel to make a short list of the most suitable projects. The panel may call short-listed applicants for interview before making an award. (NB an invitation to submit a detailed proposal is not a guarantee that the project will be funded).

Further information

If further information is required please contact UFAW, email: grants@ufaw.org.uk, or telephone: +44 (0) 1582 831818.