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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Selection Criteria:

  • Potential for proposed research to contribute to equine veterinary medicine

  • Sincere intent for long-term career in equine veterinary 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.)

Scholarship Award:

$5,000 & $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 paid to the student. 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.