Help Defend Animal Research – AMP offers $5,000 Fellowships

Americans for Medical Progress are accepting applications for new Michael D. Hayre Fellows in Public Outreach. The program is aimed at students and young adults (18-30)  who feel that they can help improve the public understanding of animal research. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as the full support of both Americans for Medical Progress and Speaking of Research. Click the image below for more details (or here). The deadline for applications is 30th April 2009.

Hayre Fellowship

The AMP/Hayre Fellowship program seeks to find and support college students and young adults here in the United States who are just as frustrated by the domination of animal rights rhetoric against biomedical research and who are committed to making a case for the necessary and humane use of laboratory animals in the pursuit of treatments and cures.  As an AMP Hayre Fellow, by developing innovative outreach programs for your peers to lead them in making an informed decision about this issue, you will be helping to secure the future of medicine.

I was the first Hayre Fellow, in 2008, and I used the opportunity to create the Speaking of Research website, however you have an advantage – you need not start from scratch. I hope you use the fellowship for both local and national campaigns including (I hope) using and expanding this website, and I plan to work closely with any successful applicants to help take Speaking of Research from strength to strength. I have also been asked by AMP to help decide who will be the new Hayre Fellows for 2009, and look forward to seeing your proposals.

However, why wait for your applications to be submitted, and frankly does it matter if it’s successful – get involved now by contributing to the news section of the website. We need people to help write articles on new medical breakthroughs, animal rights activism and the activities of student and scientists who do stand up for research.

The action or inaction of scientists, researchers and students will determine the future of animal research, and with it the future of medical progress – are you prepared to make a difference?