We have 4 studies available for participation!

Each and every academic study requires university ethics approval.







If you wish to know more about research ethics and about our process, please visit Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr Sharon Roberts

Study 1:



Furries: Interested in doing an online study about fantasy and the furry fandom? Click here to take part in the 2016 IARP Fantasy Study – Part I.  This study will be open until Saturday, November 5, 2016. chicago-closed-for-business-monday-but-ticketing-booting-rolls-on-kvkvhq-clipart

Study 2:

shay_headshot_fursci_bio_01FurScience Universal Recruitment Project (FurP). Become part of the FurP!

This project is designed to create a database of basic demographic and other personality (e.g., happiness, sexual orientation, wellbeing, gender identity) information that will permit the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP; team to contact participants for specific research projects.

For example, we often want to study groups that occupy unique identity markers in the fandom (artists, people with multiple fursonas, greymuzzles, therians, females, LGTBQ, people with disabilities, new fandom members, long-time fandom members, etc).

To read the informed consent letter and participate, click here.



Study 3:

kath_headshot_bio_02Therian/Otherkin Focus Groups and Interviews:

At Anthrocon 2017, the FurScience (International Anthropomorphic Research Project) team of researchers conducted three different Therian/Otherkin related research projects. We know that many individuals who may be interested in participating in this kind of research project may not attend conventions for numerous different reasons. However, if you are interested in any of our three studies related to Therian and Otherkin identities, (Focus Group on Therians/Otherkin Identity, Focus Group on Therians/Otherkin and Nature, one-on-one Therian/Otherkin interviews with Dr. Fein) or bodily experiences (e.g., shifting, phantom limbs) and would like to participate in research about these topics in an online format, we invite you to check out our online amalgamated version  of the three studies. Go to this link:

To read the informed consent letter and participate, click here.

There, you will find the informed consent letter and can decide if you would like to participate in the project in our online format


Study 4: Furscience 2017 International Survey. Click here or below:

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Study 5: Autism Study


We are looking to understand the experiences of furries who are on the autism spectrum. You do not have to be formally diagnosed with autism to participate. You are welcome to participate in the survey if you have a formal autism spectrum diagnosis or identify as being on the autism spectrum, if you have a friend or loved one on the autism spectrum, or if you are interested in the topic for other reasons. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 22246). 

Click here to participate!






IARP_recruit_part_web_2017Study 6: Big Furry Survey

We want to share our big annual Anthrocon Study with our online Participants. The survey was first released in paper version at Anthrocon, July 2018. Please see the informed consent for all the study details. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 22134). Click here to participate




  1. Hello awesome work was nice seeing you at FE

    • Thanks! Nice seeing you, too!


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