Travel Grants

Funding is available for in-person and virtual attendance.



Applications for these grants will open on the same day that abstract submissions are announced.

Applications will remain open for 2 weeks. Once applications close, a lottery system will be used to award at least 10 grants to all eligible applicants.

Application criteria and guidance

We are pleased to be able to support a limited number of students, researchers and ecologists who are a citizen of/ and working in a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization to attend our Annual Meeting each December.

Applicants can apply for up to £1000 to help cover the costs.

If you wish to apply for a Travel Grant to attend our Annual Meeting, please note the same conditions apply as the standard Training & Travel Grants. In summary you need to:

  • Be a citizen of and working/studying within a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization.
  • Have a talk, workshop or poster presentation accepted at the meeting
  • Be a member of the BES. If you are unsure if your membership is active, please contact Dylan, the Grants Officer. ( If you apply without an active BES membership, your application will not be considered.

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.

To apply for a grant, you will need to register/log in to our online grants system, Flexigrant. If you do not already have a Flexigrant account, you may wish to set one up now before the applications open to save some time .

Complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.

The grants will open the same day as successful applicants are invited to speak/present at our annual conference.

You will be notified via email if your abstract has been successful, and it is at this stage you can apply for a grant.


  • The grant will be paid after the event has taken place, on receipt of a brief report, certificate of attendance and any appropriate receipts.
  • If you are attending virtually, you can apply to cover the costs of virtual registration. Additional costs such as broadband or subsistence will not be covered for virtual attendance.
  • 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).

For any grant related enquires, please contact: