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Applications for the 2021 opportunity are now closed.

Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program (MAF-VSRP)

Morris Animal Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research focused on improving the lives of animals around the world, funding the best researchers, conducting the best science, whether in a clinical trial, in the lab, or out in the field. The impact includes hands-on research experience for students, the discovery of new knowledge that advances animal health, publication in professional journals, career advancement for aspiring scientists, and longer, healthier lives for animals

Students are selected by their institution based on their academic standing, endorsement from a responsible mentor, and a proposed research project consistent with the Foundation’s guidelines. All research projects must comply with the Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research and must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval if live animals (including client-owned animals) are involved in the project.


Expectations & Support:

  • Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 and must be engaged full-time in research for a 10-week to 11-week period.
  • Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities (scheduled workshops and field trips) offered by the program.
  • Scholars must present a poster at the annual Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholar Symposium (NVSS). Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.
  • Individual projects should enable the student to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster. 
  • Demonstration of the use of biomedical research skills in specialty fields (e.g. Pathology, Toxicology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pharmacology, Clinical, and Imaging) is desirable.


Application Process:

Student eligibility:

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible for this opportunity:

  • Have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum
  • Be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University
  • Students must commit to attending training opportunities, including the BI-NIH Symposium.


Submitting your application:

Students applying for the MAF-VSRP should review VSS Guidelines document (link below) before filling out and submitting the VSS Proposal and returning it to the the CVM Office of Research by the application deadline to complete the application process:

VSS Guidelines

VSS Proposal Template

VSS Sample Grant (Reference Only) 


Selection process:

Applications for the WesternU, Morris Animal Foundation VSRP will be reviewed and scored by a CVM Selection committee based on impact, scientific merit, feasibility, academic standing, and mentoring.

Only one application will be submitted from WesternU to the Morris Animal Foundation. Applicants are notified as soon as possible after final approval by the MAF.