David Miller Award

Established 2010

The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of domestic or overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. The award was set up in honour of David Miller MBE (read more).

We understand that the global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic remains volatile and subject to rapid change and therefore that travel plans are still subject to great uncertainty. We aim to be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in supporting the chosen award winners, and will continue to recognise excellence with the David Miller Travel Bursary Awards.

As such, the deadline for application remains the same, but please note that there are no constraints to timing of travel. .

We will work with the award winners on a case by case basis, recognising the excellence of their project and application in the most appropriate way for the individual proposal, however their intended plans evolve in the coming months/year. In the meantime please do contact awards@soci.org with any queries you have.

Award Information


Applications can relate to any area of horticulture or plant science relevant to horticulture. Applications should consist of a maximum 500-word statement on the purpose to which the award will be put. (The award is intended to supplement, rather than wholly finance, a journey). For more information about the application, please read the David Miller Award's judging criteria.

Lecture Details

Each recipient will receive a £500 travel grant, a year's Student Membership of SCI, a year's Eden Project Membership, and will be admitted to the Society of Chemical Industry College of Scholars.

Award winners and a guest of their choosing will be invited to give a talk on their travel and project at the annual David Miller Award event which will be held in October at SCI Headquarters in Belgrave Square, London. They will also be presented with their certificate.


The David Miller Awards are generously sponsored by the Eden Project, the Eric Gardener Memorial Fund, Koppert Biological Systems UK, and SCI.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Horticulturist or plant scientist
    • Students registered for courses in the UK or the Republic of Ireland
    Career Stage
    • Second or final year of a higher education qualification (BSc, HND, Kew Diploma etc.), or
    • Studying for an MSc or PhD
    • Horticulture


Applications open TBC
Applications close 20 April 2022
Frequency Annual

Additional Information

David Miller Award - Flyer 2022
David Miller Award - Judging Criteria
Code of Ethics for Members

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