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Travel Awards

As part of its role as a charitable organisation, the BSI will support the travel costs for members who wish to attend meetings and congresses, both domestic and international; or, for example, those who wish to visit laboratories for specific short-term activities, such as collaborative research, or in order to learn new techniques. This is subject to them meeting the assessment criteria for these awards.

Application deadlines

Applications are considered 4 times a year, the deadlines for which are:

Deadline Date Deadline Time For Travel in:
1 February 12:00 April, May, June
1 May 12:00 July, August, September
1 August 12:00 October, November, December
1 November 12:00 January, February, March

Please note the outcome of applications will be sent via email to all applicants three to four weeks after the application deadline of the round that has been applied for

Value

Maximum awards are currently as follows: £500 for travel within the UK; £700 for European travel; and £1000 for rest of the World.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply:

  • Applicants need to have been a member of the society for at least twelve months prior to the deadline on the closing date of the travel award round applied to
  • All applicants must to be in good standing with their annual subscriptions when applying and receiving travel awards
  • Applicants must not have received one of the following Society Travel Awards/Bursaries in the 12 months before the closing date of the round applied to: BSI Travel Award, Congress Bursary, ECI Bursary, Special Bursaries ie Summer School, UK PIN
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for support

How to apply

Email a completed application form to s.green@immunology.org

Download application form (PDF)

Download application form (Word)

    Terms and Conditions

    • Applicants need to provide an abstract that has been submitted to the conference to demonstrate active participation. In the case of funding for a visit a full itinerary should be given
    • All Applications must be countersigned by the Head of Department/Supervisor or for students their immediate superior who in doing this is granting permission for the proposed activity
    • A letter of support from the Head of Department/Supervisor is essential
    • It should be noted that awards made under this scheme are not intended to cover the full cost of the proposed activity. Applicants are encouraged to obtain additional funding from elsewhere
    • You will be required to acknowledge the Society for their financial support on your poster and or oral presentation as well as well as displaying the Society’s logo. Please email s.green@immunology.org for this
    • Successful recipients are required to submit the following within one month after the meeting:
    1. A meeting report and or photos if possible on activities carried out with the support of the awards which can be used for our newsletter feature or on our website. This should be submitted to s.green@immunology.org
    2. Receipts for Travel, Event Registration, Accommodation etc.. up to award received

    Please note that failure to comply with the terms and conditions may result in the Society to asking for monies awarded to be refunded and/or future applications denied

    Awards Committee

    • The BSI Travel Awards Panel meets four times a year, and in making awards considers the scientific value of the applications received, and also looks favourably on younger scientists.
    • The assessment of applications employs a points system weighting decisions primarily on the scientific merit of the application, also taking into account the juniority of the applicant.
    • Further information about how travel awards applications are assessed please go here.

    Although the BSI endeavours to ensure that travel awards are awarded to as many applicants as possible, there will be occasions where applications are unsuccessful.

    Travel Award forms may be obtained from the BSI or can be downloaded here as a PDF or Word doc.

    Please make sure you use the latest version of the travel awards application form, as it is subject to periodic updates.