BSAVA PetSavers increases funding for early career Research Fellowship

1 December 2022

BSAVA PetSavers has increased the funding for its early career Research Fellowship, now offering up to £70,000.   This is designed to support veterinary academics in the early stages of their research career, and the grant call opens today (1st December).

The funding targets the period immediately after gaining a postgraduate research qualification and will help individuals establish themselves as independent researchers and/or prepare for a research council fellowship application. It requires active mentorship from a senior scientist and guaranteed research time from the recipient’s institution.

Over a maximum of two years, the grant can be used to support research costs and travel, and up to 30% can fund research-specific staffing costs. Applicant suitability can be demonstrated by the following:

  • Possession of a veterinary qualification (veterinary surgeon or registered vet nurse)
  • Completion of a postgraduate research degree (PhD, MRes or MPhil)
  • In the early stages of a research career (less than 10 years of starting a research post)
  • Having received less than £250,000 of funding from external sources

Jeremy Kirk, Chair of the PetSavers’ Grant Awarding Committee said: “PetSavers aims to improve the welfare of pets through clinical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. With the grants available, PetSavers support researchers along their career paths. We hope that the increased funding of the Research Fellowship will smooth the transition from postgraduate student to independent researcher”

Applications will close on 28th February 2023, with a funding decision made in early May 2023. For further details and to make an application, please visit: