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SCI College of Scholars

SCI has established its College of Scholars to help current members (Scholars) make the most of the opportunities an SCI award provides and to make past and present Scholars aware of SCI resources that may be of value to them in their current research and future career. SCI early career awards consist of Royal Society/SCI studentships, SCI Scholarships, SCI travel bursaries, David Miller Award recipients, SCI early career prize winners and an early/mid-career award the SCI Daphne Jackson Fellowships. Past and present Scholars are automatic members of the College of Scholars, along with early career members who are actively contributing to SCI committees or as an ambassador.

The College will provide a framework to facilitate the integration of Scholars within SCI. It seeks to support them throughout the funded period by providing mentoring, networking and a welcoming forum for their research presentations. After the completion of their funded period, the College provides a platform for continued contact once their careers develop, drawing on the expertise of former Scholars and other SCI members as mentors and lay-advisors to SCI. By accompanying Scholars as their careers mature, the College supports and develops a strong network and build a base for future leadership.


The College of Scholars comprises all current and past recipients of the RS/SCI PhD Studentships, SCI Scholarships and Travel Bursaries together with all early career award winners, early career committee members and the Ramsay and Daphne Jackson Fellows.

The purpose of CoS is to:

  • Develop and support a community of current and former Scholars, within SCI's network
  • Support Scholars in their research endeavours and help them develop their careers
  • Build a base for future active membership and leadership within SCI

Principal and Patrons

The College's Principal is Prof Alan Heaton, and its Patrons are Sir Geoffrey Allen, formerly Research and Engineering Director at Unilever, and Andy Merritt from the MRC. More


A significant opportunity for SCI Scholars is to publish in SCI’s academic journals. The College will be working to facilitate this process. More


The College of Scholars hold various events for their members which provide training and networking opportunities.

These events provide opportunities for Scholars to present their work to a wider audience and broaden their network in academia and industry.

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