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Research Fellows

There is an increasing need to train future equine veterinary researchers. Supplementing postgraduate and residency research fellowship salaries and benefits is the goal of this grant. This scholarship targets AAEP members beginning careers in equine research. 

Ideal candidates are graduates of a school/college of veterinary medicine who have experience conducting equine research and are nearing completion of a residency or doctorate degree. Candidates may also have recently completed a residency or doctoral program. The concept for this scholarship was born among past presidents of AAEP and an endowment established by gifts from them as well as from The  EQUUS Foundation. Applicants who are seeking funding for their research project or have secured funding from other organizations are eligible to apply, as this scholarship focuses on supporting the researcher, not the project.


$5,000, plus $500 travel stipend to assist with travel to convention will be provided if you attend the convention. Convention registration will be your responsibility if you wish to attend sessions.

Note: The award may be made payable to the student if preferred, but you may be required to pay taxes. If preferred, it can be paid to an institution to offset tuition; however, this award IS NOT required to be used for the project but is to assist the student in their career and life as needed. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

The Foundation for the Horse, AAEP Past Presidents’, and EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow applicant is an AAEP member who has graduated from an AVMA- accredited school/college of veterinary medicine and plans to specialize in equine research. This individual should be a current doctoral student or resident or have completed their residency or doctorate within two years.

  • Must be a DVM or equivalent (e.g., VMD, BVMS, BVSc, MVB, DMV) trainee in a graduate program (masters or doctoral), residency training program, or a research fellowship program

  • Must be an AAEP member with membership paid through June 30, 2024

  • The eligible researcher must be mentored by a veterinary researcher on the faculty at a university or in practice

  • The post-doctoral training program must have a substantial equine research component

Note: Preference may be given to those applying from AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges. DVM/Ph.D. combined program candidates at AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges will also be considered. The post-doctoral training program must have a substantial equine research component. Tenure-track or career-track faculty support is not the goal of this fellow.

Selection Criteria:

  • Potential for proposed research to contribute to equine veterinary medicine

  • Sincere intent for long-term career in equine veterinary research

  • Experience within the horse industry

  • Experience and activity in equine veterinary research

  • Experience with equine research

  • Academic performance

  • Professional accomplishments before and after graduation


  • Must attend AAEP Convention, if available, and if held, to accept the award.

  • Must provide information to The Foundation for publications (such as biographical sketch, benefits of fellowship, impact of research results, photos, etc.)

Deadline: August 4, 2023 by 11:59 PM (PST)

Questions: Further questions should be directed to The Foundation office to Elaine Young at


The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses.