The AFSCAN Studentship Award

This grant will enable African undergraduate veterinary students to spend time during their last two years of study participating in a research project in a laboratory, either at their own veterinary school or elsewhere. It is important that the chosen project addresses issues related to disease or the welfare of companion animals of relevance to African society.

Successful applicants will receive a studentship of US$1,000 to cover their living expenses for the period of the award (US$500) and bench fees or consumables for the research project (US$500).

This Award is open to all veterinary undergraduates (in the final two years of study) in the AFSCAN- participating countries [Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia] with applications made not by students, but by their veterinary school, college or faculty. Each veterinary educational establishment is able to put forward ONE application for their top student.

Each application must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the University (Dean of the School) and a letter of support from the respective AFSCAN Ambassador.

All applications will be considered through a formal peer-review process with potential projects reviewed for scientific validity. The final decision will made by the AFSCAN Project Board.

Full details of the Awards, application processes and terms and conditions are available at Applications are now open and the closing date is 30th September 2023.

Completed applications must be submitted by e-mail ( with the subject of the message clearly indicating ‘AFSCAN Studentship Award Nomination’. The successful applicants will be informed by 15th November 2023.

More information on the AFSCAN initiative is available at


AFSCAN Studentship Application
AFSCAN Studentship Final Report

Recipients of the 2022 AFSCAN Studentship Award

Akosua Kumi Nyarko- personal

Olawale Taiwo Rukayat – personal backround

Akosua Kumi Nyarko

Miss Akosua Kumi Nyarko             Miss Olawale Taiwo Rukayat

Recipients of the 2023 AFSCAN Studentship Award

Nicholaus Alex Silanda

My name is Nicholaus Alex Silanda, a 5thyear student pursuing a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. Born in 1997 and raised in Tabora, Tanzania, I discovered to have love for animals and a strong interest in small animal care at a young age as 7 years old. My journey towards becoming a veterinarian began with my immeasurable curiosity for the natural world andinterest to the unique biology and behaviors of cats and dogs, which motivated me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Beyond academics, I am an active member of the university’s veterinary student’s organizations, where I have spent countless hours volunteering at local animal shelters and clinics, gaining valuable experience in the field trying to earn recognition for my dedication to the well-being of small animals in the Morogoro region as one of the way to accomplish my future career aspirations of becoming a licensed veterinarian specializing in small animal care.

Receiving the AFSCAN Studentship award is a huge honor and a crucial moment in my academic and professional journey. This award means the everything to me, as it not only recognizes my commitment to the small animal care but also provides me with the financial support needed to pursue my passion. It serves as proof of my dedication to the well-being of animals, especially cats, and further motivates me to excel in my studies and research. With this award, I have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of veterinary medicine, and it reinforces my determination to become a veterinary small animal practitioner. I am deeply grateful for this recognition and the doors it opens for me in achieving my aspirations and making a positive impact on the veterinary field and animal welfare.