Training & Travel Grants

This grant supports the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

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Objectives

These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.

Deadline

Our grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis; submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you can only apply to the second round.

To Apply

REGISTER ONLINE

When applications open, register/log in to our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.

Eligibility and Conditions

All applicants are required to:

  • be a BES member
  • have at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree
  • be a PhD student, postgraduate research assistant (within 3 years of completing relevant degree) or equivalent (Postdoc researchers are therefore not eligible to apply)
  • work or study at a university or research institution (including field centres, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provide research facilities
  • work in scientific areas within our remit (the science of ecology) and of relevance to the training course or meeting they are applying to attend
  • give a presentation if attending a meeting
  • no retrospective claims for funding will be considered
  • no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants.

There is no application deadline; instead, there are two opening dates within a 12 month period (January and June). Once funding for one round has been allocated, the round will close until the next opening date. If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you can only apply to the second round.

Our website will be updated when the funding for each round has been allocated.

A document list of eligible 2017 events can be viewed below (TBC). Eligible FSC approved field training courses for 2017 can be viewed in a document at the bottom of this page (TBC). If you want to attend an event/training that is not listed but falls within our remit, please email our Grants & Events Officer, Amy Everard.

A maximum of two places per training course may be funded on a first come first serve basis.

The applicant is responsible for booking to attend the course/event/workshop and as the grants are paid in retrospect, must pay the relevant institution/organiser the required fee at the time of booking as well as all monies additional to the award amount i.e. single supplements.

Successful applicants are bound by the booking conditions of the organisation running the event, course or workshop and non-attendance on a booked course or event will result in the applicant being personally liable for the cancellation fee.

INTECOL 2017

The 12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017) takes place in Beijing from 20 – 25 August this year. We are pleased to be able to support a limited number of students to attend the meeting through our Travel Grants. These will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

If you wish to apply for a Travel Grant to attend INTECOL, please note the same conditions apply as the standard Training & Travel Grants (please see above).

This counts as a standard Training & Travel Grant, therefore the following applies: no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants.

Grants of up to £300, up to £500 and up to £1000 are available, please see the ‘Value’ section below.

A separate application form is available on our online grants system.

Our Events

We offer significant student registration discount on the costs of our own events, including our Annual Meeting, symposia and majority of our Special Interest Group (SIG) events. Therefore, Travel Grants are not available for these meetings. Grants may be considered for SIG events if the meeting is taking place outside the country in which the applicant resides.

We have a limited number of grants available to attend our Annual Meeting and Symposia if you are a student, postgraduate research assistant, and a citizen of/working in a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization.

Value

Unless the applicant is self-funded, it is expected that their organisation will provide at least £150 of support towards the costs of the event.

  • a maximum of £300 is available for events and courses being held in the applicants’ country of residence
  • a maximum of £500 is available for events being held outside the applicants’ country of residence
  • grants of up to £1,000 are available to attend INTECOL 2017 if the applicant is a citizen of a country that is classified as ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank
  • grants of up to £1,000 are available to attend our Annual Meeting or symposia if the applicant is a citizen of a country that is classified as ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank
  • the grant will be paid after the event has taken place, on receipt of a brief report, certificate of attendance and any appropriate receipts
  • all costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling)