IVRA Educational Scholarships

Background

The Educational Scholarship program was established in 2006, initially with funds received from the 2003 IVRA congress held at Midrand, South Africa and hosted by the University of Pretoria. The aim of the scholarship is to provide veterinarians who do not have access to specialty training in Clinical Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at their own institution with the opportunity of studying for a period of time in a Clinical Veterinary Radiology training program at a veterinary faculty, school or college. The IVRA expects that the knowledge and experience gained by the successful applicant will be applied at the Applicant’s faculty and used to improve its standards of Clinical Veterinary Radiology.

IVRA Educational Scholarship Guidelines

Introduction

Two Educational Scholarships are available in the January 2013- June 2015 period, each with a value of up to US $5,000.00. Applicants must hold a degree in Veterinary Medicine, be a member of staff of a Veterinary Faculty, have a special interest in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, teach the imaging course at their institution but not have access to specialist training in Clinical Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at their own faculty.

The closing date for applications to be sent to the IVRA is 31st October, 2014. Each Scholarship will fund all or part of travel and accommodation. The host institution where the education takes place may be in the applicant’s own or another country. The costs of other expenses such as daily living expenses (including meals) and any fees the host institution or university may charge the trainee for the visit will not be reimbursed by the Scholarship. The training period must be begun by 30th June, 2015.

How to apply for an Educational Scholarship

The candidate or the supervisor can instigate a scholarship agreement but the parties must have agreed on the program before applying.

All applications and requests for information for the scholarship should be sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Awards Selection Committee, Prof Robert Kirberger at E-mail: robert@vetimagingspecialists.co.za before the closing date.

Each Applicant and the Supervisor must complete the application form (downloaded from the IVRA website; see top of page) to provide the following information:
1.  Curriculum vitae of the Applicant and Supervisor, containing details of academic qualifications and a list of appointments and other merits,
2.  A statement giving details as to how the award of an Educational Scholarship would improve veterinary diagnostic imaging at their veterinary faculty,
3.  Details of the facilities and personnel of the host institution (where the education is to be done),
4.  Costs of travel and accommodation to be paid by the Educational Scholarship,
5.  Details of the Educational Scholarship Program.

The Chairperson of the Committee must receive a completed application by the advertised closing date of 31st October, 2014.

Applications must be sent by e-mail to the chairperson, Prof Robert Kirberger at E-mail: robert@vetimagingspecialists.co.za before the closing date.  The chairperson shall notify the applicant that the form has been received.

Establishing an Educational Scholarship program

An Educational Scholarship training programme for each applicant will be established according to the description in the Application form. The details of the aims or goals of the visit might be quite basic, for example: learn the radiologic signs and diagnostic principles for diagnosis of diseases of the abdomen or learn how to use correct settings on an ultrasound machine and scan techniques for different examinations of small animals, etc.

The Supervisor is the person at the host institution or faculty who is directly responsible for establishing the Program, and for ensuring that the programme is followed during the training period.  The Supervisor will take into consideration the individual needs of the visitor (who is the Applicant for the Scholarship), and both the Supervisor and Applicant will certify that the programme is accepted.

IVRA Directors, Officers and individual members are encouraged to actively promote the Educational Scholarship; such promotion could include: 1) informing potential candidates, potential Supervisors, and Deans of Faculties and Department Heads about the Educational Scholarships; 2) helping potential Supervisors find candidates and potential candidates find Supervisors; 3) promoting the program through meeting presentations, notices in conference proceedings, and other means of direct advertisement.

IVRA Procedures for Consideration of Applications   

Following review of the applications, the Chairperson of the Awards Committee will make a proposal to the IVRA Directors and Office Bearers for an email vote as to whether the Scholarship(s) should be awarded. The result of the review will be announced on the IVRA website and by an email to the successful candidate(s) within two months of the closing date for applications, that is, by 31st October, 2014. The Scholarship will be paid to the Supervisor by arrangement with the Treasurer of the IVRA. The Supervisor will pay the expenses for the scholarship holder.

Updated 29-03-2014