Summer Scholar Grants

Maddie's® Idea Lab is offering summer scholarship grants to veterinary students in accredited veterinary schools in the United States. These grants allow students to pursue behavior or shelter medicine research and develop expertise under the guidance of a mentor. Projects that utilize innovative ideas and have a high likelihood of advancing the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats OR lifesaving of dogs and cats in or at risk of entering shelters.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an AVMA-accredited veterinary school in the United States.
  • Applicants must be supported by a mentor.
  • Veterinary schools must be current on all grant reporting requirements if they have received funding from Maddie’s Fund® in the past (please contact us at 925.310.5450 if you have questions).
  • We encourage that projects be conducted in association with a 501c3 animal welfare organization OR government/municipal animal control agency in one of the 50 United States or Washington D.C. whose focus is on dogs and/or cats.
  • Projects that intentionally harm animal life or welfare will not be accepted and university projects that use live animals must be approved by the institution's Animal Care and Use Committee prior to funding.

General Information:

  • The amount of the grant will be up to $5,000, based upon your proposal and an assessment of the specific needs associated with the research project.
  • The grant will be awarded to the associated institution (university or college), which will distribute the award to the veterinary student.
  • Indirect costs no more than 10% of the $5,000 are acceptable, which may increase the total amount requested up to $5,500.
  • This grant provides funding for veterinary student employment over the summer. It does not provide funding for the project itself. If you need funding for the project, consider applying for a
    Maddie’s® Idea Lab Basic Research or Maddie’s® Idea Lab Phase 1 – 4 Grant. In your application, please note if this is the case.
  • All recipients of a Maddie's® Idea Lab grant, including this Summer Scholars grant, are required to recognize Maddie's Fund in any and all publications and presentations arising from the research.
  • Copies of all publications stemming from this project must be submitted to Maddie's Fund at the time of publication.
  • A final report must be submitted by email to Maddie's Fund within 30 days of project completion. We encourage submission of one to two photos of the student while working on the project.

Grant recipients will be asked to honor Maddie, the little dog who inspired a movement, through any social media, on their website, annual report, press release, article, newsletter, presentations, publications or other promotional materials or marketing communications which discusses this grant or related to any activities funded by the grant, as appropriate.

To Apply

This grant opportunity is currently closed and will open in early 2018.