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Bursaries for Low and Middle Income Countries

As an international charity, we seek to inspire and empower as many people who share our vision of a Cat Friendly World as possible. We believe that in sharing information, skills and expertise, together we can improve the life experience of cats everywhere. We pride ourselves on widening participation in feline medicine by designing events accessible for all – featuring world leading feline experts, ground-breaking research and practical, high quality CPD, our ISFM World Congress will not only enhance your knowledge and practice but also enable you to network with a supportive global community of veterinary professionals.

This year we’re offering bursary places to veterinary professionals and veterinary students who work in areas of the world where our congress fees may be unaffordable.  A bursary place covers the congress delegate fee providing free online access to all content within the main programme, across the three days and on demand for six months.

Who can apply?

The bursaries are available to veterinary practitioners, of all levels, from low and middle income countries (see list of qualifying countries below). This includes veterinary students and qualified veterinary surgeons with an interest in feline practice, but without the means to fund the congress themselves.

How to apply?

You will need to complete the online bursary application form link here.  In order to make your application you will need to collate the following information:

  • Country of residence
  • Full Name and email contact
  • Place of Work or Place of Study (If you are a student applying for a place, which university are you registered at?)
  • Membership to any veterinary association (which governing body are you registered at?)
  • Brief case for support (100 word statement on who you are and why you would like to attend)


Bursary applications will open on 2nd February 2021 and close on 30 April 2021.

Bursary applications will be assessed by the congress and veterinary team at ISFM and successful applicants will be notified by email by the middle of May 2021.

International Cat Care request that those receiving a bursary agree to disseminate what they have learnt to colleagues and fellow students and allow the charity to share their story and experience of how ISFM has of benefitted them for promotional marketing purposes.

Please note: Priority will be given to people resident in countries classified by the World Bank as Low and Middle Income Countries. This also includes applications from veterinary students, who are eligible for a discount on congress fees. Please contact the conference and events team for further details.

Other conditions

No single veterinary practice or educational institution will be supported by more than five bursaries in any one year.

Qualifying countries

Afghanistan Egypt, Arab Rep. Malawi Solomon Islands
Algeria El Salvador Mali Somalia
Angola Eritrea Mauritania South Sudan
Bangladesh Eswatini Micronesia, Fed. Sts. Sri Lanka
Benin Ethiopia Moldova Sudan
Bhutan Gambia, The Mongolia Syrian Arab Republic
Bolivia Ghana Morocco Tajikistan
Brazil Guinea Mozambique Tanzania
Burkina Faso Guinea-Bissau Myanmar Timor-Leste
Burundi Haiti Nepal Togo
Cabo Verde Honduras Nicaragua Tunisia
Cambodia India Niger Uganda
Cameroon Kenya Nigeria Ukraine
Central African Republic Kiribati Pakistan Uzbekistan
Chad Korea, Dem. People’s Rep. Papua New Guinea Vanuatu
Comoros Kyrgyz Republic Philippines Vietnam
Congo, Dem. Rep. Lao PDR Rwanda West Bank and Gaza
Congo, Rep. Lesotho São Tomé and Principe Yemen, Rep.
Côte d’Ivoire Liberia Senegal Zambia
Djibouti Madagascar Sierra Leone Zimbabwe