The Mike Steele Award - Early Career Scientist - Emerging Countries

The Mike Steele Award - Early Career Scientist - Emerging Countries


Set up to honour Mike Steele's contribution to BSAS and Animal Science this is an annual scholarship aimed at providing opportunities for early-career scientists from emerging countries to travel to the UK to attend and present at the BSAS annual conference.

Who is Mike Steele?

Mike joined BSAS in 1989, first as assistant secretary and then as secretary, before eventually becoming the society's Chief Executive. During that time, Mike was instrumental in leading the society as it worked to develop animal science and welfare in the UK and overseas. Mike also worked tirelessly to support young scientists, ensuring the future of animal science is in strong hands. Former BSAS President Liam Sinclair, said the award was a way of marking Mike’s outstanding service to the society and to the people who work in animal science. “Supporting students and especially those in developing countries has always been a subject close to Mike’s heart.”


Open to applicants from emerging and developing countries in the early stages of their career, the award focuses on supporting these animal scientists to travel to the UK to attend and present at the BSAS annual conference. Applications also support international collaborations and visits to UK institutions to enhance skills and experiences or add value to the applicant's existing work are particularly welcomed. The award is open to all branches of animal science.

Review of competition entries

Applications to the Mike Steele award will be assessed based on the application form. In making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicants work and the extent to which they will benefit from presenting a the BSAS conference, collaborations and visits to UK institutions.


Reporting requirements

The award holder will be required to submit a short report to BSAS, within 3 months of their attendance and presentation at the BSAS conference, which focuses on the benefit in knowledge and skills gained from winning the award.



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What is the prize?

The award is up to £1,500, based on the quality and type of application.


How do I apply?

The Mike Steele award is open to applicants from emerging and developing countries in all branches of animal science who are in the early years of their career. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.

Application deadline - Currently Closed

Due to Covid-19 this award is currently closed. Entries will be opened when travel can be resumed. Please do not hesitate to contact for further details and updates.

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Application Background (please complete in line with Award criteria

Please provide name and address of an academic referee supporting this application (please ensure that they have sgreed to support the application)


Please succinctly, state your main objectives (250 words max)

Lay Summary and Impact

Please provide a lay summary of your current research/study focus. Briefly describe how your work meets the scope of this award focusing on the originality/novelty of the scientific advances or development in knowledge. You must include benefits that would accrue from this proposal covering the (i) development of the scientific area and (ii) benefit to the animal science industry and or animal welfare (500 words max)

Technical Summary

Please provide a summary of the work that you plan to undertake as part of this award. . If the application is to support presenting at a conference, include any submitted abstract (as an appendix) and date when you are likely to hear of the outcome (500 words max)

Benefits of the Award

Briefly provide an overview and background of yourself as an animal scientist. What are your strength, challenges and future goals or aspiration? Describe how this award will support your current work and provide opportunities for your professional development or progression (500 words max)

Expenditure Breakdown

(including dates, location(s), travel and accommodation)

Past Recipients

2020 Dr Jen-Yun Chou

University of Pennsylvania