Scotland Postgraduate Researcher Competition

Established 2016

The Scotland Regional Group offers up to ten SCI student memberships to postgraduate (PhD and Masters) research students working in scientific research in Scottish Universities, to help with networking and professional development opportunities.

Winners will be given the opportunity to build their networks with academics and industrialists, and develop future skills to help with their onward career. They will also be invited to join the SCI Scotland Committee. The top three winning articles will also be published on the SCI website and in SCI's C&I Magazine.

Award Information


Applicants are requested to submit a 600-word article describing their research project and its relevance to the SCI strapline 'where science meets business'. Applications should be written in a format suitable for publication in a scientific news magazine read by scientifically literate members of the general public (such as New Scientist).

Marks are awarded on the following criteria: 1) a well written and informed essay, 2) the essay in the style of ‘New Scientist’, 3) a clear explanation of where your science meets business, and 4) articles which keep to the 600-word count.

Students may find it helpful to speak to their supervisor regarding the requested criteria.

Presentation Details

The winner will receive one year's complimentary SCI membership (worth £25) which entitles the recipient to, among other things: 1) SCI Student Member rate to SCI Conferences and events (usually 75% off the standard, full registration fee), 2) subscription to Chemistry and Industry (C&I) magazine, 3) discounts on book and journal purchases, 4) access to specialist technical groups, 5) eligibility to apply for scholarships and travel bursaries, and 6) access to SCI's Mentoring Programme (subject to certain criteria. Please contact to find out more).

Eligibility Criteria

    • PhD or postgraduate masters research students
    • Students working in / affiliated to scientific research at a Scottish university
    Career Stage
    • Postgraduate
    • Early-career
    • Scientific research
    • Subjects across a variety of disciplines


Applications open 29 April 2024
Applications close 28 June 2024 17:00
Frequency Annual

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