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IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group Fritz Huchzermeyer Veterinary Science Student Research Assistance Scheme (FHVS-SRAS)

The Fritz Huchzermeyer Veterinary Science Student Research Assistance Scheme (FHVS-SRAS) has been developed with the specific goal of encouraging and assisting undergraduate and post-graduate students to undertake formal research to advance crocodilian veterinary science. The CSG recognizes that crocodilian research often involves a greater commitment of resources and time by students, relative to many other subjects, and believes that this justifies efforts to assist. Research gives students the skills needed to assist crocodile veterinary science and to become active CSG members in the future.


The FHVS-SRAS will provide up to $US1000 per year to a project, or divided among multiple projects, that meet the criteria for assistance. The grant is not designed to fully fund projects, nor to sustain them over years, but rather to provide some direct financial assistance to students during their study. Students are encouraged to use the CSG funds, and the "CSG Approved Project" status, to try and lever more project funds from other sources.



The proposed project must be part of a formal undergraduate or post-graduate student degree course leading to higher qualification. The applicant must have appropriate academic supervision. Although not mandatory, some involvement with the student or their project by an existing CSG member is desirable.


Project Criteria

Projects meeting one or more of the areas of research encouraged by the CSG Veterinary Science Thematic Group or with a strong relevance to crocodile conservation are more likely to be considered favorably:









Immunology (acquired and innate)


Stress: stress indicators, response to stress, stress monitoring, patho-physiological effects of stress


Epidemiology, emerging diseases and biosecurity, including at international levels




Health assessment and screening in general and in the context of reintroduction following IUCN-SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group


Behaviour, medical and husbandry training of the animals


Husbandry and welfare, electric stunning


Intellect, cognition


Endocrinology/reproductive physiology




Clinical pathology (haematology, serum biochemistry and cytology)


Anatomical pathology (gross and histopathology) and disease pathogenesis


Medicine, clinical diagnostics (eg radiography, ultrasound)


Parasitology, bacteriology, virology




Eligible Expenditure

Any expenditure that the Supervisor and/or the CSG consider will assist the student's project and/or the student’s professional development in the context of the project will be considered eligible. Ownership of equipment purchased with the CSG funds will be vested in the student unless the student and supervisor agree that it be retained by the institution.



The Supervisor will be responsible for confirming that the CSG that funds have been used for eligible expenditure.



The following guidelines apply to all applications for the FHVS-SRAS:

  • Applications can be initially submitted at any time, using the FHVS-SRAS “Application Form” (available in English, Spanish and French*).  *coming soon
  • In the case of Spanish and French, a summary (up to 300 words) in English will also be required.
  • Applications should not exceed 4 pages.
  • Applications should stress the significance of the research and the general approach to it. The methodology should be as succinct as possible but understandable for experienced reviewers. Cite references from the scientific literature whenever possible. The emphasis should be on describing the expected outcomes
  • Applications should be endorsed in writing by the chair/head of the relevant research institution, university, or other major, international conservation organization.
  • All applications will be evaluated by at least three (3) CSG reviewers.



Successful applicants must provide a summary report or update on their project to the CSG within 12 months of receipt of FHVS-SRAS funding, for publication in the CSG Newsletter! A photograph of the applicant should also be provided for use on the CSG website.


Future Funding

Receipt of the grant in one year of a project does not infer that funding will be provided in subsequent years. The aim is to use the fund to assist the maximum number of students possible. If funding is sought for a continuation of a project, the outcomes/results from the previous FHVS-SRAS funding will be essential to the application even being considered.


Submission of Proposals

Applications should be e-mailed to the CSG Executive Officer.


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