The Steve Bishop Early Career Award

The Steve Bishop Early Career Award

This scholarship is aimed at BSAS members in the early part of their career as an animal scientist (postgraduate student or within two years of graduating with a PhD, or those working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD).

The award is for specific short research programmes and/or training opportunities in the UK, or overseas, with a new academic or industrial partner. The overall aim is to help support and develop a new partnership rather than a piece of work with a current partner or current organisation. It some circumstances it may also be used to part-fund projects.

Funds can be used in any relevant animal science sector.

What is the prize?

Worth up to £5000

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit.  Applicants may request:

up to of £2,000 for projects up to 6 weeks

up to of £3,000 for projects up to 3 months

up to of £5,000 for projects up to 6 months

How do I apply?

Applicants must have been a member of the society for at least 6 months prior to submitting an application.

Application Deadline

30th June

Who was Steve Bishop?

A world-renowned scientist, Professor Bishop made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the impact of genetics on infectious diseases in farm animals.

After he obtained a degree in agricultural science from the Lincoln College at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1981, he studied for a PhD in genetics at the University of Edinburgh.

After periods working at the Technical University of Munich and for the Livestock Improvement Corporation of the New Zealand Dairy Board, he took up a position at the Roslin Institute in 1988, where he built up a major research group with an international reputation.

His primary research interests revolved around the genetic control of resistance to infectious disease in livestock, studying impacts from the gene to the population.

Steve’s work had a major influence worldwide on how animal scientists and farmers approach breeding for nematode and infective disease resistance.

Steve was a member of BSAS from 1993 to 2015.

Application Form   Successful Applicants' Report  

Past Recipients


Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc, Ireland


No Award


Victoria Offroad, Royal Veterinary College


No Award


Jennifer Kember, Aberystwyth University