Our Research Fellowship aims to support veterinary academics in the early stages of their research career. 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 50% guaranteed research time from the recipient’s institution.

The Fellowship offers a grant of up to £70,000 to be spent over a maximum of two years. Funding can be used to support research costs and travel, and up to 30% of the total grant can be used to fund research-specific salary or stipend 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)
  • Being within the early stages of a research career (starting a research post within the last 10 years, excluding valid career breaks)
  • Currently in post or with an offer of a guaranteed post of at least 3 years’ duration if funding is awarded
  • Having received less than £250,000 of funding from external sources

**Please note that a research mentor should be identified before applying as they will need to complete the application form in association with the main applicant.**

This grant call is currently closed.


How to apply


Complete the application form below and send to us by email with the signed terms and conditions, letter of support from your head of department or practice principal, and ethical approval supporting documents:

Email: petsaversadmin@bsava.com

Useful resources

Fellowship application form
Fellowship terms and conditions
Fellowship report form – this is for successful applicants to use once research has commenced


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