The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is now accepting pre-proposal applications for 2023-2024 Graduate Fellowships.

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

IFER Graduate Fellowships are one-year grants for projects that support the development, acceptance and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and reduce or replace the use of animals in research, testing or education. Grants of $12,500 are typically awarded and are renewable annually for up to three years, depending on student progress and availability of funds.

IFER recognizes the value in directing financial resources away from animal models and toward the development of human-relevant, non-animal models, as such resources pay higher dividends for human health when used for human-relevant research.

Opportunities to move away from animal models exist now more than ever with the availability of human cell lines, stem cells and tissues, computational models and researchers eager to accept the challenges of developing more human-focused methodologies. Therefore, special consideration is given to proposals that are likely to replace the use of animals in research.

Recipients of IFER Graduate Fellowships, selected by IFER’s Scientific Advisory Board, have the potential to positively change the course of science by working to promote the advancement of more human-relevant methodologies that can also spare animal suffering. Since 1985, grants totaling more than $1.9 million have been awarded to researchers who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in science.

Visit to learn more information about the IFER Graduate Fellowship program, including eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, a link to the online application and information about recent fellowship recipients.

Questions regarding the grant application process should be directed to




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