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Universities Federation for Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter Association

Please note: Applications for this scholarship are now closed, for more information please contact the Development Trust Office.

The HSA is the only UK charity concerned exclusively in promoting the humane treatment of all food animals worldwide, including cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, fish and minority species such as deer, in markets, during transport, and at slaughter. It works through research, education, training and technical advances to bring real, practical and lasting improvements in food animal welfare. 

The HSA offers the following awards:

The Dorothy Sidley Memorial Award

Established in 1986 as a memorial to the late Miss Dorothy Sidley, General Secretary to the HSA for 48 years, the award of up to £2,000 enables students or trainees in the industry to carry out a project which is clearly aimed at improving the welfare of food animals in markets, during transport or at slaughter. The work may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year. On completion, a full report must be submitted to the HSA. Click here for more information on the award.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and postgraduate students in agricultural, veterinary or meat sciences. 

Project proposals should be prepared under the student’s own initiative but guidance should be sought from tutors to ensure that the necessary facilities and animals are available, that the work is well designed and this it will be properly supervised.  Projects may be used as part of a student’s assessed coursework.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to abide by all laws and codes and to obtain any necessary permissions and licences.

Applications: Application forms are available from the HSA website or the HSA Office (tel 01582 831919).  A concise outline of the proposed study is required.  Where applicable it should contain reference to scientific papers or other work relevant to the investigation.  The proposal should include details on the number of animals to be studies and the methods.  A full breakdown of costs and expenditure will also be required.  The scholarship should be used by the student to fund their project costs and associated subsistence.  Applications should include a reference from the supervisor, which should also be endorsed by the head of department. 

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Student Scholarship

Established in 1983 to enable students to pursue their interests in animal welfare and to provide them with the opportunity to conduct relevant research or other (eg educational) projects.

Eligibility: Undergraduates who will usually be studying in agricultural, biological, psychological, veterinary or zoological sciences, or who are interested in carrying out a project related to animal welfare.  Applications from MSc students on appropriate courses will also be considered.

Projects may be carried out within the UK or overseas and must be relevant to improving the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, zoo or free-living wild animals whose welfare is compromised by human factors. NB Much as UFAW applauds research that advances species conservation and other important issues – this scholarship is for work that addresses animal welfare.

Student Scholarships consist of £170 per week subsistence allowance for the Scholar plus £30 per week to the department for project expenses. Support is provided for up to 8 weeks, although projects themselves may be longer than this. Payments are made prior to the commencement of the project by cheques made out to the Scholar and the Supervisor’s Department.

Applications: Click here to download an electronic application form. One printed, signed copy of the application form, together with a copy of the student’s CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) should be posted to UFAW using the following address:

Scientific Officer
The Old School
Brewhouse Hill
Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

An electronic copy of the application form, together with student CV, should also be sent as an email attachment to:

A leaflet about the Scholarship can be downloaded here.

If further information is required please contact UFAW directly via email: or telephone: +44 (0) 1582 831818.

Closing date

Thursday 1 September 2016

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