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Training and Travel Grants

Training & Travel Grants

This grant is to support the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants (RAs).  Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Deadline

The funding for the first round has now been fully allocated. The next round will open in June for any meetings/course on or after 01/07/16

These grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis, submitting an application does not guarantee you funding.

To Apply

We are excited to launch our new online grants system, used to manage all grant applications.

To apply for a grant, please register online or log in if you are already registered, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’. NB. The next round of funding will open in June

Please ensure you read through the grant guidelines below before beginning an application.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Grants & Events Officer, Amy Everard

Objectives

To help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants (RAs) to:-

  • meet the costs of specialist field training courses
  • network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.

Eligibility and Conditions

All applicants are required to:

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

There are a limited number of grants, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no application deadline but instead there are two opening dates within a 12 month period (January & June). Once the 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 fully allocated.

A list of eligible meetings & conferences for 2016 can be viewed here. If you wish to attend a meeting that is not listed, which falls within the remit of the British Ecological Society, please email details to Grants & Events Officer, Amy Everard

We already offer students very significant discounts on the costs of our own events, including the our Annual Meeting, Symposia and the majority of our SIG events. Travel Grants are therefore 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.

There are a limited number of grants available to attend the our Annual Meeting and Symposia if the applicant is a student, postgraduate research assistant (RA), and in addition is a citizen of, and working in, a country that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorization

Eligible FSC approved field training courses for 2016 can be viewed here.  If you wish to attend a course that is not listed, which falls within the remit of the British Ecological Society, please email details to Grants & Events Officer, Amy Everard.
A maximum of two places per 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 and as well as all monies additional to the award amount i.e. single supplements.

Successful applicants are bound by the booking conditions of the institution 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.

Value

Unless the applicant is self-funded, it is expected that the applicant’s organisation will provide at least £150 of support towards the costs of the course or conference.

A maximum of £300 is available for events (including 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 a BES Annual Meeting or BES Symposium 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 course or 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. Any costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling).

All applications for Training & Travel grants should now be for meetings/conferences/courses taking place in 2016.

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