D H Richards Memorial Bursaries

The Macro Group UK sets aside funds each year to support its student and PDRA members that wish to attend a major conference in the area of polymer science, but are short of funds to make this happen.

Only one student or PDRA from a particular research group will be granted a bursary for a particular conference. A student or PDRA can only receive one bursary award during their period of study.

Award Information

Award History

The Macro Group UK set up the bursaries as a memorial to D H Richards, who was one of the founding officers of the Macro Group UK and worked hard to establish it as a major group in the UK.


Application forms can be obtained by sending an email request to the Macro Group Secretary, Dr Nick Turner at nicholas.turner@dmu.ac.uk. You should apply at least 4 months in advance of the start date of the conference. This is to ensure that a full round of assessment can occur between application and potential award.

The completed application form must be sent by the applicant’s supervisor (to confirm their support of the application) via email to the Macro Group Secretary in accord with the following four deadlines: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December.

Decisions will normally be announced less than 4 weeks after the deadline.

Lecture Details

The award consists of funds to attend a conference. It is expected that part of the funds needed to attend the conference will be obtained from other sources. The maximum bursary amount awarded will be £300 for a meeting in the UK and £500 for a meeting overseas.

As a condition of receiving a bursary award, the student or PDRA will be required to write a short report on the conference they attended for publication in the Macro Group UK Bulletin and on the Macro Group UK website.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Macro Group UK member for at least 1 year
    • Supported by their supervisor
    • Planning to make an oral or poster contribution at the conference
    Career Stage
    • Students
    • Early-career
    • Polymer chemistry/science
    • Materials
    • Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry


Applications open TBC
Applications close 1 March
1 June
1 September
1 December

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