Master's Degrees by Research

A BSAVA PetSavers’ Master's Degree by Research (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 £40,000:

a) Postgraduate student stipend at BBSRC standard rates
b) Payment of university fees
c) Equipment and consumables (up to £10,000 including VAT) depending on the nature of the project.

Projects must be undertaken within the UK. Grantees, who should be recognised experts in the field of the research project, are expected to act as academic supervisors. At least one applicant must be a qualified veterinary surgeon.

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

Applications are now OPEN!

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2021 and a decision will be made whether to fund in spring 2022.

*Our grant application form and terms and conditions have recently been revised. Please make sure to access the latest version under Useful resources below.


How to apply

Read our helpful guidance on applying for a BSAVA-PetSavers' grant

To complete your application please complete the application form below and email together with signed terms and conditions, a letter of support from your head of department or practice principal, and ethical committee approval. 

Address: BSAVA PetSavers, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB

Useful resources

MDR application form

MDR terms and conditions

MDR report formthis is for successful applicants to use once research has commenced

If you have any questions, please contact us on the email address above.

How we decide what to fund

Gain a greater understanding of the process and discover how the team at PetSavers review applications.

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Our research

Take a look at previously awarded grants. It may help you decide what to submit.

Previous projects


Quick link to our frequently asked questions, concerning all grant awarding processes and fundraising.


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