Travel awards

Three different travel awards are available for the ISAE’2019


Congress Attendance Fund

The ISAE has a Congress Attendance Fund (CAF) to cover the registration fees of some ISAE members for the annual International Congress. The fund will be no less than  £2 000, which will be allocated to needy ISAE members to cover the Congress registration fee and potentially contribute towards accommodation (but not travel) expenses.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a member of the ISAE (or have submitted an ISAE membership application) before submitting their application. The applicant must have submitted an abstract, and money will only be allocated if their presentation is accepted. Applications for funding will be reviewed by the CAF Committee and will be prioritized on the basis of financial need and quality of the abstract. Researchers and students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply for this support. Please note that support from the CAF to any one person is limited to once in any 5-year period – if you have received funding in the last 5 years, please do not apply.

The application must contain all of the following information:

  1. Name of applicant
  2. Postal and email address
  3. The year the applicant became a member of the ISAE or the date membership application was submitted
  4. Status of applicant (e.g. student, active researcher, unemployed researcher, etc.)
  5. A full justification explaining why the applicant should be given an award. There is no fixed format for this justification, as reasons will vary between applicants, but if no justification is given, the application will not be considered.
  6. A budget for attending the Congress. This should indicate if support for accommodation costs are requested, as well as information on whether other funding is available or have been applied for to cover the remaining costs of attending the congress.

The application itself must not be more than one A4 page. It must be accompanied by a short CV, including a list of publications and/or presentations by the applicant (including local and regional meetings) and a copy of the abstract submitted for the Congress. These should be submitted as one PDF file, with the applicants last name as filename (e.g. NIELSEN.pdf).
Applications for the ISAE 2019 congress are due 4 March 2019 and should be sent to Birte L Nielsen ( Applications arriving after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified immediately following acceptance of Congress abstracts.


HSI ISAE 2019 Travel Awards

For the past eighteen years, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) has provided financial assistance for graduate students to attend the ISAE International Congress and present their research. We are pleased to be able to offer this award once again in 2019. This year, we will be accepting applications from students worldwide who have not been prior recipients of this award, and we will provide partial or full funding for approximately three graduate students to present their research at the Congress. Selection will be based on the potential impact of the students’ research toward improving farm animal welfare and on financial need.

The travel award was developed with the following objectives:

  • To raise the profile of farm animal welfare as a discipline in animal and veterinary science colleges.
  • To encourage students to investigate issues in farm animal welfare.
  • To provide students the opportunity to attend the ISAE meeting to present their research and so they can meet with, and learn from, others who work in this discipline.

The following items are necessary for your application to be considered:

  1. Your name, contact information, academic institution, level of study, and the name of your advisor, along with a letter from you indicating:
    – your interest in animal welfare
    – your desire to attend this conference and what you hope to gain
    – the relevance of your research to the advancement of farm animal welfare
    – financial need
  2. An abstract of your research, which you would present at the International Congress. Travel awards are contingent on the acceptance of your abstract by the ISAE committee. Application for this travel award does not suggest that ISAE has received or will accept your abstract.
  3. Itemized list of travel expenses in US currency.
  4. Letter of recommendation from your major adviser.

Note: Please send all materials together in one pdf or Word document (except, the letter of recommendation may be separate), and include your name on all pages. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2019. Applications should be sent to Dr Sara Shields at


Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fellowship awards

The ISAE has partnered with the Open Philanthropy Project to develop a Fellowship for farm animal behavior and welfare scientists wishing to attend the annual congress, together with a pre-congress workshop on animal welfare science and post-congress farm tours. The Fellowship is for individuals from developing countries, including, but not limited to, those countries identified as having the potential to move towards intensification of production. The fund will be allocated to cover the full sum equivalent to the cost of the registration, accommodation, reasonable travel expenses, visa fees and subsistence. Full details of the award can be downloaded here.

Applications for funding will be reviewed by the Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fund Committee, and will be prioritized on the basis of financial need and potential for impacting farm animal welfare in the home country. Applications should be submitted by February 15th 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by March 15th 2019. The application must contain all of the following information:

  1. Name of applicant
  2. Postal address and email address (or fax number)
  3. Your occupation or position, e.g. student, active researcher, government employee, official veterinarian, past researcher etc. and brief summary of duties associated with that position
  4. A brief characterization of animal agriculture in your home country (for instance, proportion of smallholder compared to industrialized systems, growth within different sectors and some of the main animal welfare challenges)
  5. A justification for why the award should be received. What you hope to gain from attending the conference and how you expect to apply the new knowledge to improve farm animal welfare in your home country?
  6. A budget, including the total cost of congress attendance (registration, accommodation, travel, visa fees and subsistence)

The application information requested above should not be more than 2 pages. It should be accompanied by a brief CV of up to 4 pages, including major accomplishments, a list of publications and/or presentations by the applicant (if applicable), and a copy of any abstract that may have been submitted to the congress.

If you wish to submit an abstract please follow the directions on the Congress website, though this is not a requirement.

Applications should be sent to Jeremy Marchant-Forde, at

For additional information or questions, please also contact Jeremy Marchant-Forde,