SCI travel bursaries:
SCI contributes towards the development of PhD students by helping them to broaden their vision and share cutting-edge knowledge at international conferences or laboratory visits.

In this way, SCI helps young scientists learn from, and network with, top scientists from around the world.

Awards of up to £850 will be made, on a competitive basis, to assist with travel, subsistence or conference registration fees.

Applications for travel bursaries are invited from PhD students who are in the early stages of their career; typically this will be up to 10 years after completion of first degree, or up to 10 years after starting a first position in business, science or engineering.

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.

Please note:
  • funding will not be given for visits which are part of the normal course of a co-sponsored PhD (e.g. visiting the partner site)
  • applications will not be considered from those who have previously received an AJ Banks, Messel, Leverhulme or Richardson travel bursary
  • applicants must be presenting a paper/poster if attending a conference
  • applications will only be considered from SCI student or standard members - SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members
Process and deadlines:
  • Please ensure that you are applying for the appropriate bursary:
  • A J Banks (Food science)
  • Messel (Chemical science including all life sciences)
  • Richardson (Process Engineering/Chemical Engineering)
The judging committee reserves the right to move your application to another scheme if appropriate.
To allow you prepare your responses prior to completing the online application form, you can download a sample application form here.

To submit your application you must complete the online application form. Applications submitted in any other way will not be valid. Please note any text which exceeds the word limit (where applicable) may be removed before the application is sent to the judging panel.

All applications must be accompanied by a reference letter which must be submitted to by the closing date. If this is not received by the closing date then the application will not be considered.

For successful candidates, payment of the Award will be made only on receipt of a report following your attendance at the conference or visit. Receipts to support your claim will also be required.

There are two deadlines:
  • 31 March (for travel between 1 July and 31 December)
  • 31 October (for travel between 1 January and 30 June)
Bursary recipients are selected shortly after the closing dates, and applicants will be notified of the results within two months of the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact