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UFAW SAWI Research Training Scholarship 2020

Up to £150,000 for an Animal Welfare Research PhD Project in Israel

Closed for Application


The UFAW SAWI Fund has evolved from the Society for Animal Welfare in Israel, once a charitable organisation in its own right and now an integral part of UFAW. The aim of the Fund is to support and promote scientific and educational initiatives for the advancement of animal welfare in Israel.

You can learn more about the work the fund has supported in the past, including the previous SAWI RTS awarded in 2011 here

SAWI grant applications are judged on their importance for animal welfare, scientific and other merits, value for money and also in relation to other applications received in the same time period. The quality of the applicants, including the PhD candidate and the proposed project will be taken into account in the selection process for the SAWI RTS. The quality of training available to the PhD candidate will also be considered.  Applicants may be of any nationality but the host institution for the research must be based in Israel.

The Research Training Scholarship

The 2020 UFAW SAWI RTS is intended to provide funding for a promising student to undertake research into Animal Welfare leading to the award of a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent). The award is eligible to applicants from any Institution based in Israel which can grant a doctoral degree.

Funding up to a maximum value of £150,000 GBP is available to cover a student stipend, tuition fees and research expenses. (Please Note: UFAW does not normally support University overheads or indirect costs.)

UFAW would particularly like to encourage applications 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.

UFAW does not wish to exclude potentially valuable projects in other aspects of animal welfare science and applications for work in other areas will also be welcomed.


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) by 1st November 2019 using this form. Following assessment of Concept Notes, shortlisted applicants will be invited (we hope to notify shortlisted applicants by mid-December 2019) to submit more detailed proposals prepared jointly by the supervisor and the PhD candidate. (NB an invitation to submit a detailed proposal is not a guarantee that the project will be funded).

Detailed proposals will undergo peer-review and reviewer comments will normally be shared with applicants to allow them to respond prior to final selection of the successful application. The studentship is expected to commence in 2020.

For any further information please contact: goodwin@ufaw.org.uk

Full terms and conditions may  be found on the UFAW-SAWI RTS application form.

Closed for Application