Masters Degree by Research

A PetSavers’ MDR will fund a postgraduate student to work full time on a specific research project, with or without attendance at some short courses (e.g. statistics, thesis presentation).

PetSavers will fund, for a period of one year, the following costs up to a maximum in aggregate of £35,000.

a) Postgraduate student stipend (currently £15,000 - £18,000)
b) Payment of University fees
c) Equipment and consumables (up to £10,000 including VAT) depending on the nature of the project.

The research student should be a veterinary surgeon or registered veterinary nurse. Scholarships can only be undertaken either at a university or at the Animal Health Trust. Supervisors, who should be recognised experts in the field of the research project, are expected to act as academic supervisors. At least one applicant must hold a veterinary degree and be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Supervisors are welcome to apply for funding which either names the prospective research student, or before advertising for a prospective student.


The closing date for MDR applications to be considered at the March meeting of the PetSavers Grant Awarding Committee, is the last working day of the preceding August, therefore the closing date for 2017 applications is 31st August 2017. 

Apply now

Please download and complete the application form below and send it in via email or post by 31st August 2017.

Application form 

To complete your application and send to us by post or email, please download the application form and send to either or: PetSavers, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB.

If you have any questions, please contact us on the email address above or call 01452 726723.

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