In 2016 AWF launched its new student grant scheme. Through the scheme, AWF has expanded its funded research into new areas of welfare and species hitherto not covered by our work.
We invited applications from students of veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and agricultural studies. As with all AWF grants, it was important that projects were based on sound scientific principles and designed to have a practical and positive impact on raising animal welfare standards.
The following six projects were awarded funding and will start in summer 2017:
Investigating parasite burdens and immunocompetence of orphaned greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) and Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) calves in Kaziranga National Park, and Manas National Park, Assam, India.