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ASI-WAS Undergraduate Paper Prize – Due August 1

The Animals and Society Institute (ASI) and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) invite applications for the second annual undergraduate prize competition for undergraduate students pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies.

ASI and WAS will award a prize to an outstanding, original theoretical or empirical scholarly work that advances the field of human-animal studies. Papers can come from any undergraduate discipline in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, and must be between 4,000-7,000 words long, including abstract and references. The winning paper will be published in Society & Animals, aninterdisciplinary journal that publishes articles describing and analyzing experiences of and with non-human animals. Topics can include human-animal interactions in various settings (animal cruelty, the therapeutic uses of animals), the applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine and agriculture), the use of animals in popular culture (e.g. dog-fighting, circus, animal companion, animal research), attitudes toward animals as affected by different socializing agencies and strategies, representations of animals in literature, the history of the domestication of animals, the politics of animal welfare, and the constitution of the animal rights movement.


Applicants must be currently enrolled on a full or part-time basis in an academic program at a college or university, or have graduated from a college or university within the 12 months of the application. Prior first place winners are ineligible, as are papers that have won prizes in other competitions. Students may submit only one paper per year for consideration. Submissions are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, and must deal explicitly with non-human animals and/or the human-animal relationship. Students are responsible for keeping prize coordinator updated with current contact information.  If student cannot be contacted, the prize is forfeited.

Application Specifications

  • Cover sheet with the applicant’s name, mailing address to be used for future correspondence, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, present rank and institution name.
  • Paper must be 4,000-7,000 words long, including a one paragraph abstract and references.
  • The first page should include the title of the paper and the author’s name.  The next manuscript page should include the title and a 200-word abstract.
  • Papers should be submitted electronically along with a letter by the student’s faculty sponsor, on school letterhead, verifying their enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, or a student enrolled the previous year (all in electronic format).

Selection Process

The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected to Human-Animal Studies, including editors from Society & Animals. Entries will be rated according to criteria associated with the quality of conceptualization, significance of topic, clarity and aptness of the methods (when applicable), quality of writing, command of relevant work in the field, originality, and contribution to Human-Animal Studies.


  • Winning paper will be published in an issue of Society & Animals
  • Next two papers will get honorable mentions and have their abstracts published in Society & Animals
  • All three winners will receive a book of their choice from ASI’s Human-Animal Studies book series published by Brill
  • Winning papers will be announced on the ASI and WAS websites, and in e-newsletters and other publications. The Committee may decide that no entry meets qualifications as prize winner.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2013

Applicants should email electronic copies of the paper and cover sheet to paperprize@animalsandsociety.org by the deadline.

Ever wanted to travel and bring back important knowledge?

The Winston Churchill Fellowship Trust award Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities.

Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited.

Several SCAS members have already used awards from the Winston Churchill Fellowship Trust to travel abroad and bring back knowledge and experiences relating to the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions from a variety of other countries.

Is there a programme running abroad that you would like to see running here?

For 2013 Fellowships were awarded for between 4 to 8 weeks.

Could a Fellowship bring real benefits to you, your community and the UK?

If so, check the categories and your eligibility, and then apply online before 5pm on Tuesday 24th September 2013. No qualifications are required.


IFAW Animal Action Awards – who are your animal heros?

Last October at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Gale and Queen legend and animal welfare campaigner Brian May, IFAW proudly honoured the achievements of 10 award winners for their outstanding work to help animals.

IFAW need your help to find this year’s dedicated and committed animal heroes.

Last year’s winners included young vet Vikki Fowler, from Lancashire, who was honoured for rescuing and rehabilitating neglected horses; Julie Hinks from Hampshire, who cares for and rehomes tortoises, many of which have been illegally smuggled into the UK; Kate Williams, a volunteer pet foster carer with Bolton-based Paws for Kids, which provides specialised support for women and children pet owners fleeing domestic violence; and Grace Yoxon, from the Isle of Skye, who was recognised for her global work in otter conservation.

We’re not just looking for people. Last year’s Animal of the Year award went to Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd dog who suffered horrific injuries after being tied to a railway line and hit by a train. Haatchi, who lost his tail and a leg in the incident, has formed an amazing relationship with the young son of the family who adopted him. Now qualified as a Pets as Therapy dog, Haatchi also works with amputee soldiers and seriously ill children.

IFAW invite you to submit nominations for people you believe have made a significant contribution to animal welfare for the 2013 Animal Action Awards. They’re looking for UK heroes, perhaps someone who runs a sanctuary or rescue centre, a volunteer or fundraiser who would be suitable for the youth award, a campaigner on animal or conservation issues, or an animal that you think is deserving of an award and recognition.

The 2013 Animal Action Awards will be presented in October. Please ensure that you get your nomination in by June 30, 2013.

If you know someone who should receive this award, nominate them by filling in this form.

Please be sure to include:

  • your personal information and the information of the person you are nominating
  • a description of the work the nominee has done for animals
  • and why you think she/he is deserving of an Animal Action Award.

Nominate your Animal Action Award hero today!