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KTN/BSAS Summer 2016 Vacation Scholarships

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) are pleased to announce 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.

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.


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.

Supervisors from Universities, Colleges or Research Institutes 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 Scholarships are now open and applications should be submitted by midnight on Friday 15th April 2016. The online application form is available here.

* Animal Bioscience includes farm animal, aquaculture and game species aspects of: Animal breeding; Animal health (therapeutics, vaccines, bioactives, biomarkers); Diagnostics (pathogen detection, selectable DNA markers, traceability and authenticity, measurement and sensor technology); Biotechnologies (reproductive technologies, in vitro cell technologies, research models, biotechnologies in animal feed). We will not consider projects focussing on any aspect of small/domesticated/companion animals (including but not limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, rodents and horses).

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