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Travel Bursaries

SCI contributes towards the development of young PhD students and postdoctoral researchers' careers by helping them broaden their vision and share cutting-edge knowledge at international conferences and laboratory visits. In this way, SCI helps young scientists learn from, and network with, top scientists from around the world.

Application dates are as follows. For further information on each scheme, please click on the content below the table:

Award scheme Relating to Deadline For travel between
AJ Banks Food science 31 Mar 1 Jul - 31 Dec
31 Oct 1 Jan - 30 Jun
David Miller Horticulture 14 Apr May - Dec
Leverhulme Liverpool and North West region 31 Mar 1 Jul - 31 Dec
31 Oct 1 Jan - 30 Jun
Messel Chemical science including all life sciences 31 Mar 1 Jul - 31 Dec
31 Oct 1 Jan - 30 Jun
Richardson Process engineering/chemistry 31 Mar 1 Jul - 31 Dec
31 Oct 1 Jan - 30 Jun
Rideal Colloid and surface science 15 Apr 1 Jun - 31 Dec
15 Oct 1 Dec - 30 Jun
Roger Taylor Carbon 2 Mar May - Dec

Food science (A J Banks)

The AJ Banks Award provides bursaries to support attendance at meetings for activities related to food science, engineering and technology. Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

Horticulture (David Miller Award)

The David Miller Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. Applicants should be in the second or final year of a higher education qualification or studying for an MSc or PhD, and should be students registered for courses in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Liverpool and North West (Leverhulme)

Leverhulme Travel Bursaries provide grants to persons studying or residing in the geographic area covered by SCI's Liverpool and North West Group to support their attendance at chemical meetings. The Leverhulme Bursaries are intended for those who want to attend a science meeting, but need additional funds to make it possible. To qualify, students must be carrying out postgraduate research at an institution within the Liverpool and North West Group's area. Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

Chemical science (Messel)

Messel Bursaries are funded by the Messel Trust Fund for postgraduate students to support their attendance at meetings and/or laboratoy visits for activities related to chemical science (including all life sciences), engineering and technology. Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

The bursaries are named after Rudolph Messel (more information).

Process engineering/chemistry (Richardson)

Richardson Awards from the SCI Richardson Fund are offered to candidates working in the general field of research and development in process engineering, process chemistry and related topics for attendance at a conference(s) and/or visiting a relevant institution(s). Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

Colloid and surface science (Rideal)

Rideal Travel Bursaries offered by the Sir Eric Rideal Trust (managed jointly by the RSC and SCI) are offered twice per year to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend international conferences or to visit relevant research institutions for a study visit. Awards of up to £250 will be made, on a competitive basis, to assist with travel, subsistence or conference registration at conferences within Europe, and up to £500 under the same conditions for conferences in another continent.

Applicants must be a standard or student member of SCI, or a member of RSC. Please note that Rideal travel bursaries are not available to applicants who are only SCI e-members, or those who are not a member of either society.

Applicants must also be either resident or studying in the UK, or be travelling to the UK for their chosen conference. Applications with no link to the UK will not be considered.

The bursaries are named after Sir Eric Rideal (more information).

Carbon (Roger Taylor Award)

The Roger Taylor Award offers one bursary to a scientist to attend and present at the series of biennial conferences organised by Prof Vul in St Petersburg, formerly known as IWFAC (International Workshop on Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters), now operating as 'Advanced Carbon Nanostructures'.

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