Funding Opportunities

ISES offers research awards to students including the annual ISES Student Research Grant and the prizes for best oral and poster presentations at the annual conferences to encourage students to present excellent studies and enable them to undertake supervised research projects which fall within the field of equitation science.

ISES recognises that research should be positioned in the context of the needs of both the horse and the human. The ISES Research Strategy document outlines a coherent strategic vision for research that links with the ISES strategic plan and clearly signals priorities and expectations. ISES is well placed to encourage applied research that serves the need of equine industry stakeholders as well as the wider equine community. The underpinning theme for research within the ISES strategy framework is ‘excellence with impact’. Impact embraces the diverse ways in which research related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and skills.

For the ISES Student Research Grant, projects contributing to the following goals will be given priority:

• Ethical Equine Training
• Improved Equine Behaviour and Welfare
• Improved understanding of Human-Equine interaction
• Facilitating Equitation Science Education
• Development of Equine Research Methods and Techniques


To apply for the annual ISES Student Research Grant please also carefully read the ISES Research Strategy document and use the Grant Application Form. Deadline for submissions is October 31st. Each year, a maximum of two grants, each worth £750 will be given. Up to £350 will be available to the department or research group to cover the costs associated with running the project, and the remaining £400 to cover the students’ personal expenses. Please refer to the information on the ISES Student Research Grant to see which costs are eligible. The applications will be reviewed by at least three members of the ISES Research Grant Committee using the criteria for evaluation.

At each conference two students will be awarded for their presented work. One prize for best oral presentation and one prize for best poster presentation. Both will be awarded with a free registration for the ISES conference the following year.


In 2010 Sara Malone was awarded with the ISES Student Research Grant for her project “The effect of additional weight on the proximal hoof circumference of horses”. See here her report of this project.

In 2011, the ISES Student Research Grant was given to Ms Rombach for a study on “Pain in the Equine Cervical Spine and Associated Behavioural Manifestations” and to Ms Malone for a study on “The Effect of Load on Hoof Shape”.  

Awards 2012

In 2012, the ISES Student Research Grant was given to Melissa Voight (Perdue University, USA) for her project entitled “Welfare and Stewardship of Competition and Show Horses”.

At the 8th ISES conference 2012 in Edinburgh two students were awarded for their presented work. The prize for best oral presentation was for Lesley Hawson (Presentation: “Rider inputs”) and for best poster presentation for Line Peerstrup Ahrendt (Poster: “Limited-resource test as an alternative to field observations in determination of social hierarchy in horses”). Both were awarded with free registration for the 2013 conference.