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International Conference Scholarship

The Murray Fowler International Conference Scholarship Program

We are accepting applications for the 2020 Conference. The deadline is May 24, 2020. See the details below.

History of the Scholarship Program

AAZV is proud to name this program after Murray Fowler.  Murray was known around the world for his contributions to zoo and wildlife medicine and shared his knowledge countless times with colleagues from developing nations. It is only rightfully so to bestow his name to this program that fosters continuing education to those who are helping the animals in countries where zoological medicine is limited.

This program is made possible by sponsors like the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego Zoo Global Academy, our beloved friend, Betty White, and AAZV members who contribute throughout the year to afford recipients attendance at an AAZV Annual Conference. If you would like to contribute to the Murray Fowler ICS program, please click HERE

AAZV's International Committee coordinates the program and provides the recipients with an assortment assistance to make their experience unforgettable.

Recipients from the 2019 51st AAZV Annual Conference:

Pictured from left to right back row: Maureen Kamau (Kenya), Tamara Qabazard (Kuwait), S. Aswathy (India), Mario Alves (Brazil), Titus Mukungu (Uganda), and Antonio Lopez (Mexico)

Details about the MFICS program

To apply: Submit as one document, a) the application form (Click here for application form), b) a letter of intent (1 page max), and c) a short resume (2 page max.). The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial aid to zoo and wildlife veterinarians from foreign countries to attend the annual AAZV conference. Grants will usually be awarded in amounts up to $2,000 USD. The funds are made possible by the voluntary contributions of individual AAZV members, the public and fundraising efforts by AAZV / International Committee members. All international members are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants from developing countries with demonstrable financial needs and focused educational/conservation goals. 

The application deadline is 24 MAY 2020. Acceptance notifications will be sent on 28 JUNE 2020.

NOTE: Conference registration will open on 1 July 2020. Scholarship awardees must register for the Conference by 29 July 2020. Failure to register by the deadline will result in withdrawal of the award. Submit all application materials to Dr. Rob Hilsenroth ( If you have questions, you can address them to Dr Doug Whiteside at