Rideal Travel Bursary

Rideal Travel Bursaries offered by the Sir Eric Rideal Trust (managed jointly by SCI and the RSC) are offered twice per year to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science especially heterogeneous catalysis, to attend international conferences or to visit relevant research institutions for a study visit. The bursaries are named after Sir Eric Rideal (more information on Sir Eric Rideal).

Award Information


To submit your application, you must complete the online application form via the link once this opens. Valid applications must be accompanied by two reference letters, which must be submitted to awards@soci.org.

Presentation Details

Awards of up to £250 will be made, on a competitive basis, to assist with travel, subsistence or conference registration at conferences within Europe, and up to £500 under the same conditions for conferences in another continent.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Must be a standard or student member of SCI, or a member of RSC
    • Must be either resident or studying in the UK
    • Applications with no link to the UK will not be considered
    • In the case of study visits, 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
    • Scientists in the early stages of their career
    • Typically two to six years of commencing PhD studies
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Please note that Rideal travel bursaries are not available to applicants who are only SCI e-members, or those who are not a member of either society.


Applications open 2 January 2024 (for travel between 1 June and 31 December)
Applications close 15 April (for travel between 1 June and 31 December)
15 October (for travel between 1 December and 30 June)
Frequency Bi-annual

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