The Steve Bishop Early Career Award Sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Network

The Steve Bishop Early Career Award Sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Network


This scholarship is aimed at those 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).


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.


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.


Review of competition entries

Applications to the Steve Bishop 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 attending the educational workshop or meeting.


Reporting requirements

The successful fellow will be required to present their outcomes of the award at the next annual conference of the society (and the associated early-careers day), including submission of abstract (conference fees will be covered and travel and subsistence of no more than £200).



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What is the prize?

Worth up to £5,000 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?

The award is open to applicants, in the early stages of their career, from all branches of animal science. Applications are accepted from both BSAS members and non-members. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.

Application deadline

Entries for 2021 not open at present, dates to be announced shortly or contact for further details


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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)