Messel Travel Bursary

Messel Bursaries are funded by the Messel Trust Fund for postgraduate students to support their attendance at meetings and/or laboratory visits for activities related to chemical science (including all life sciences), engineering and technology.

Funding will not be given for visits which are part of the normal course of a co-sponsored PhD (e.g. visiting the partner site).

Award Information


Applications are to be completed via the online application link once open. Applications will only be considered from SCI student or standard members - SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

Applications will not be considered from those who have previously received an AJ Banks, Messel, Leverhulme or Richardson travel bursary.

Presentation Details

The award consists of a travel bursary intended to support the applicant's attendance at a meeting or conference. Applicants must be presenting a paper/poster if attending a conference.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Students carrying out postgraduate research
    • Preference will normally be given to those wishing to travel outside their country of residence, especially if they wish to work in a laboratory abroad
    Career Stage
    • PhD students
    • Early career stages
    • Up to 10 years after completion of first degree, or 10 years after starting a first position in business, science or engineering.
    • Chemical Science
    • Life Sciences


Applications open TBC
Applications close 31 March (for travel between 1 July and 31 December)
31 October (for travel between 1 January and 30 June)
Frequency Bi-annual

Additional Information

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Richardson Travel Bursary

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