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BSI Career Enhancing Grants

The British Society for Immunology is proud to launch an exciting new grant scheme to provide extra level of careers support to our members. We are investing significant funds in this new scheme which has been developed in response to feedback from our membership. 

Immunology is a growing and dynamic discipline. As such, those working in the field require a huge range of skills and knowledge to effectively adapt to the ever-changing landscape. With our Career Enhancing Grants, we aim to provide flexible financial support to help immunologists grasp the opportunities and tackle the challenges in their path.

There are many different paths towards a highly-rewarding career in immunology, each one with its own benefits and barriers. To provide valuable support to BSI members at all career stages, across different areas and reaching sectors beyond academia, we have developed this grant scheme that allows for tailored support for individuals in our community.

We are launching this as a pilot initiative to complement our wider career development offering.

The end goal? To give your career a boost and help you achieve your full potential.

How does it work?

We are looking to provide funding for any type of career-related activity that will help you go a step further in building your skillset and advancing your professional development. The amount you can apply for is variable – we accept applications for any amount from £100 up to £5,000.

Grants are made by competition and assessed by our dedicated grant panel, chaired by BSI Education & Careers Secretary, Dr Donald Palmer. Please read the applicant guidance notes for more information about the criteria.

When should I apply?

There will be two application deadlines per year in September and March. The first application deadline is now closed. There will be another opening in the new year of 2022 so please check out this page and our social media channels for further details nearer the time. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the September round of their application by Friday 5 November 2021.

What can I use it for? 

What do you need to make your ambitions possible? There are endless possibilities for this funding and you’re in the driver’s seat.

Based on some of the challenges we know our members face, we have put together potential scenarios to help provide ideas of what we aim to fund with this scheme:

“I’m finding it difficult to secure funding for a pilot project to get the proof-of-concept data I need to make a larger grant application for my research.” 

“Training opportunities are often seen as an optional ‘extra’, but I would benefit from attending a course on leadership/grant writing/financial management/data analysis.”

“I want to broaden my horizons beyond academia. I’d love to learn more about science communication/public engagement/higher education teaching with a workshop/internship/secondment and see how I could make the most of the transferable skills I’ve learnt studying immunology.”

“The pandemic has prevented me from honing some important practical lab skills/new techniques that I need to progress in my career – it would be very helpful to go on a lab placement/visit a different institute/take part in a training course to build my skillset.”

“I need new equipment to carry out my research, but my current funding doesn’t allow for it.”

“Meeting the right people, building collaborations and getting more career guidance will have a positive impact in my career but going to relevant networking events/professional development sessions isn’t something I can afford.”

You could use the grant to fund any of these activities! This is not a comprehensive list. We encourage you to think about how our financial support can help advance your career and share your ideas with the rest of the immunology community.

Who is it for?

With this new grant, we aim to support BSI members in all sectors of immunology, including those individuals looking for a career beyond academia. 

This pilot grant scheme is only open to UK-based BSI members from paying categories of our membership.  You must either be an academic member who does not have a faculty position or personal fellowship (or comparable appointment) or a non-academic applicant who is equal to or less than 15 years post-BSc (or equivalent qualification). Further information is available in the applicant guidance notes.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion within the Society and the wider immunology community. We actively encourage applications from eligible BSI members from all backgrounds, particularly from individuals from diverse communities and underrepresented groups.


The grant can be from £100 up to £5,000 with a strong justification required for the level of funding being requested.

How can I apply?

Please read the applicant guidance notes in full before submitting your application.  This includes further information on eligibility criteria, how to complete the application form and other terms and conditions. 

Submit your completed application form, along with your CV (max. 2 sides) to by the grant deadline. Applications for over £1,000 must also submit a letter of support from a suitable referee. 

Download application form (PDF)

Download application form (Word)

Read the applicant guidance notes


If you have any questions, please contact