KTN & BSAS Vacation Scholarships


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) held a call for four Summer 2016 Vacation Scholarship Awards as a means of encouraging undergraduate students into research in the field of Animal Biosciences* (of relevance to animal agriculture, including aquaculture) by giving them hands-on experience of research, with a deadline in April 2016.



The Vacation Scholarships are intended to provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation and to encourage them to consider a career in research.


What does the student get?

Scholarships are available for a minimum of six and a maximum of eight weeks' work and carry a stipend of £200 per week. The scheme aims to provide practical work experience for undergraduates interested in a career in research in a research environment. Long term, it will help career prospects for young people.


Who can apply?

UK Research Institutes and Universities that have active research groups working in Animal Biosciences* can apply to host a Vacation Scholarship. The project must be in the field of Animal Biosciences*. The host institution will receive a grant of up to £2500 (including any applicable VAT) from BSAS to cover student salary (approx. £1600) and project costs (approx. £900). Organisations allocated an award will be responsible for recruiting the student, including any costs of advertising. It is not necessary to have identified a student at the time of application, but if a student has indicated an interest, then details of the student should be provided at the time of application.


The Allocation Process

A group comprising the KTN Head of Agriculture and Animal Sector staff, the Chief Executive of BSAS and the Chairman of the KTN Animal Sector Advisory Board will decide allocation of the Vacation Scholarship Awards. Proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the KTN Animal sector remit of Animal Bioscience*

  • Research Partner's track record

  • The likely value of the training opportunity for the student

  • Quality of the project proposed



Should you have any question regarding Vacation Scholarships please contact Callum Harvey: callum.harvey@ktn-uk.org.

Previous Vacation Scholarship Awards

Our 2015 recipients were:

The four students, hosting supervisors, institutes, and project titles were:
(Click on project titles to download short project reports)


Our 2013 recipients were:

  • University of Bristol - In vitro infection of porcine and bovine macrophages with Mycobacterium bovis BCG

  • Animal Health Trust - Sequencing the multidrug resistance (ABCB1) gene in a Border Collie that developed profound neutropenia and gastrointestinal side effects following treatment with vincristine

  • The Roslin Institute/University of Edinburgh - Investigation of the function of distinct monocyte populations in bovine blood and their relationship to correlates of protection

  • Northumbria University BSAS Vacation Scholarship application "Do ‘designer pesticides' have potential in poultry pest management?" 


Our 2012 recipients were:

  • University of Bristol (Dr Chris Palgrave) – An epidemiological assessment of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) in pigs in the UK

  • Animal Health Trust (Louise Downs and Dr Cathryn Mellersh) – Screening for known Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) mutations in DNA from a large panel of dogs with PRA of unknown aetiology

  • SAC (Dr Eileen Wall) – Analysis of national sources of lameness data in dairy cattle

  • University of Aberdeen (Dr Alan Bowman) – Toward the establishment of an artificial rearing method of the honey bee mite, Varroa destructor, and the temporal assessment of deformed wing virus transmission and replication

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Summer 2015 Awards

The 2015 Summer Vacation Scholarships are now complete. Click on project titles to download the project reports.

Mammalian IVP: The adaption of PGD for embryo selection

  • Student: Rebecca Jennings (University of Kent)
  • Supervisor: Dr Kara Turner (University of Kent) 


New phenotypes for milk

  • Student: Dorota Kovacs (Royal Veterinary College)
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Pollot (Royal Veterinary College)



  • Student: Amber Noronha (R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh)
  • Supervisor: Dr Tom McNeilly (Moredun Research Institute)  

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