The AFSCAN Research Award

This gives African academics working at a veterinary school in AFSCAN-participating countries  [Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia] the opportunity to secure a grant to fund a clinical research project of their own devising.  The project should seek to answer a specific question related to disease or the welfare of small companion animals in Africa and would be carried out in the applicant’s laboratory within their veterinary school.  Through these applications, AFSCAN aims to foster research collaboration with research laboratories outside of Africa working in a similar field so applicants may nominate proposed partner laboratories as part of the application process.

In 2020 AFSCAN offers funding to a maximum of US$10,000 for each successful project.

All applications will be considered through a formal peer-review process undertaken by the WSAVA Scientific Committee with potential projects reviewed for scientific novelty and validity, ethical basis and relevance to the African situation.  The final decision will made by the AFSCAN Project Board.

Full details of the Awards, including selection criteria, application processes and terms and conditions are available at  Applications are now open and the closing date is 29th February, 2020.

Please note that for Research Awards, each application must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the National Small Animal Veterinary Association (where such an Association exists).

Completed applications must be submitted by e-mail ( with the subject of the message clearly indicating ‘AFSCAN Research Proposal’.  The review and decision process will take up to three months, after which, successful applicants will be informed.  In the case of the Studentship Award, successful applicants will be informed through their veterinary school and/or local AFSCAN Ambassador.

More information on the AFSCAN initiative is available here.


Investigator Institution Project Year of Award
Temidayo Omobowale University of Ibadan, Nigeria CPV-2 in Nigeria 2016
Abdul Katakweba Sokoine University, Tanzania Leptospirosis in Tanzania 2016
Hezron Nonga Morogoro, Tanzania Parasitic Zoonoses in Dogs 2017
Olusegan Fagbohun University of Ibidan, Nigeria Rabies in Nigeria 2017
Willy Mwangi University of Nairobi, Kenya Giardia in shelter and client owned dogs in Nairobi 2018
AB Ayinmode University of Ibadan, Nigeria Prevalence and genetic characterization of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in dogs and cats in SW Nigeria 2018


Said Majid Khadija Sokoine University, Tanzania CPV infection in dogs in Tanzania 2019
Bernard Agwai Makerere University, Uganda Leptospirosis in dogs in Uganda 2019