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Veterinary Student Scholars

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program is a competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and companion exotics) and wildlife. The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from any AVMA-accredited US or international college, university or school of veterinary medicine.

The Veterinary Student Scholars Program awards stipends* up to $5,000 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research. Students enrolled in a combined DVM/PhD degree program are not eligible for this program. Students must devote a minimum of 50 percent of their time to the project for the equivalent of a 10- to 12-week period over the summer.

Each institution may select and submit only one student project proposal, and submissions must be made online by the academic institution for review by Morris Animal Foundation. As competition will be very strong for these awards, each institution is encouraged to select and submit the very strongest student project based on scientific merit, relevance to animal health, and adherence to Morris Animal Foundation’s guidelines and mission.

If live animals (including client-owned animals) are involved in the project, the institution must provide assurance that the research project complies with Morris Animal Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research and has Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by 11:59PM EST.

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*Veterinary student scholar awards from Morris Animal Foundation are stipends, and funds awarded are for the sole purpose of supporting the student during the research period and are not eligible to be used for project expenses.

Morris-Lichter Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award

Morris Animal Foundation and the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs announce the Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award. The $5,000 award recognizes that veterinary students are the future of animal health, and their skill and leadership development is critical to advancing veterinary medicine. Three externship awards will be given in 2017.

Third-year veterinary students are invited to apply for this externship award and dream big for their fourth-year externship experience. Competitive submissions are invited from applicants who: 1) demonstrate leadership and promise in impacting canine health and welfare; and 2) have thoughtfully researched an externship that aligns with their goals and will enhance their ability to move canine health forward. Financial support will be provided to offset costs of participating in the externship, allowing students to choose the most impactful externship opportunity for their career.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 17, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Program Guidelines

Online Application