Sydney Andrew Scholarships

Piloting in 2021

These scholarships will launch in Spring 2022.

The Sydney Andrew Scholarships supports up to 10 PhD students per year studying projects in emerging areas of agriculture and the related chemical industry.

All award recipients will be expected to become SCI members and gain access to SCI journals, wide networking scenarios within industry and academia, be part of the SCI Scholars programme, and actively participate in the Society. The award recipients will be invited to write a report and present their work at a suitable SCI event.

The award must be used for training and/or support over and above that provided from main funding sources, to support the academic and translational requirements of the PhD; to take the form of laboratory visits, conferences, internships, or other initiatives and requirements defined in the application form and agreed by SCI.

Award Information

Award History

Dr Sydney Andrew, a brilliant industrial chemical engineer who exemplified the SCI mission of encouraging the application of chemical and related sciences for public benefit, died in November 2011. A life member of SCI, Dr Andrew was awarded the Society’s Medal and gave a lecture on ‘Neglected Science: a view from industry’. He bequeathed a substantial share of his estate to SCI for the support of scientific innovation on the theme of neglected science. These are areas of science which, though of importance in agriculture and the chemical industry, receive scant attention from academic research, and for academic research into Neglected Science.


Applications must fit with SCI’s overall objectives - The area of research should be shown to have a clear translational impact. The PhD student must have its university's support - The supervisor is expected to apply with a named student.

Presentation Details

Each student award will amount to £3k given within University PhD programmes to students entering the 2nd year of a 3.5 - 4-year PhD programme.

The award will be given in one calendar year for use throughout the PhD period. It will be given to second year PhD students for use throughout the remainder of their PhD programme.

Eligibility Criteria

    • PhD students at an approved UK University or Institution
    • SCI standard or student members
    Career Stage
    • PhD students
    • Emerging areas of agriculture and the chemical industry


Applications open Spring 2022
Applications close 30 June 2022
Frequency Annual

Additional Information

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Ramsay Trust Memorial Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded annually by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust to postdoctoral chemists who may have already had some postdoctoral experience of research but who are in the early stages of their career, so that they may initiate a programme of original and independent research.

SCI Scholarships

The SCI Scholars fund, established in 1920, was endowed by the bequests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, former presidents and founding members of SCI. SCI is proud to offer 2-year scholarships to up to three outstanding PhD students who are approaching their final years of study.

RS/SCI Studentships

Former SCI life member, Dr Sydney Andrew, left a legacy to SCI to support academic research into 'neglected science'. SCI currently funds a maximum of one PhD studentship for a successful Fellowship applicant per year, working in an appropriate research area.

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