Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program is a competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and companion exotics) and wildlife. The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from any AVMA-accredited US or international college, university or school of veterinary medicine.


The Veterinary Student Scholars Program awards stipends up to $5,000 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research. Students enrolled in a combined DVM/PhD degree program are not eligible for this program. Students must devote a minimum of 50 percent of their time to the project for the equivalent of a 10 to 12 week period over the summer.


Each institution may select and submit only one student project proposal, and submissions must be made online by the academic institution for review by Morris Animal Foundation. As competition will be very strong for these awards, each institution is encouraged to select and submit the very strongest student project based on scientific merit, relevance to animal health, and adherence to Morris Animal Foundation’s guidelines and mission.


If live animals (including client-owned animals) are involved in the project, the institution must provide assurance that the research project complies with Morris Animal Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research and has Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval.


Morris Animal Foundation will promote successful veterinary student applicants in media and communication publications and will work with institutional public relations departments to optimize these messages.



Application for the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program

All submissions must be made online. This is a student research grant application and therefore needs to be prepared and written by the student. The following are required components of the submission


  • A completed electronic form
  • Attachment to the online form
  1. Project Summary
  2. Institutional Letter
  3. Mentor Letter
  4. Animal Involvement Justification


Morris Animal Foundation does not pay indirect costs for this program. Students who receive a Veterinary Student Scholars Program stipend will not be eligible in subsequent years.


An official start and end date will be agreed upon by Morris Animal Foundation, the institution, the student and the mentors. A student must submit a final report for the project no later than one month after the project’s end date.


Morris Animal Foundation will provide an outline for the final report.


Read more about the guideline here

Or read the PDF below



Read the online application form instructions here

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Morris-Lichter Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award

Morris Animal Foundation and the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs announce the Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award. The $5,000 award recognizes that veterinary students are the future of animal health, and their skill and leadership development is critical to advancing veterinary medicine.


Third-year veterinary students are invited to apply for this externship award and dream big for their fourth-year externship experience. Competitive submissions are invited from applicants who:


1) demonstrate leadership and promise in impacting canine health and welfare; and


2) have thoughtfully researched an externship that aligns with their goals and will enhance their ability to move canine health forward. Financial support will be provided to offset costs of participating in the externship, allowing students to choose the most impactful externship opportunity for their career.




Contact information of the Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

720 S. Colorado Blvd.,

Suite 174A Denver, CO 80248

Telephone: +1 800 243 2345



You may read more about the scholarship here


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