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Life Sciences Student Travel Award


The Life Sciences Student Travel Award provides part-funding for students registered in the Faculty of Life Sciences to undertake extra-curricular study travel, in the UK or overseas, which will advance their education generally.

This fund is made possible by the amalgamation of the Arthur Hosier Travel Award Scheme, the Meyer Sassoon Travel Award Scheme, the Botanical Bursary, the J.W. Bee Travel Award and the Agricultural Botany Travel Award (Brierley Fund).

Awards are made for travel on a student's own initiative, and are intended to encourage students to undertake additional special study travel to complement their academic studies. Funding is typically provided for postgraduate students to attend international conferences in order to present their work, or for undergraduate students to undertake vacation projects overseas which are related to their degree subject.

Between 15 and 20 awards are made to students in Life Sciences each academic year. One was to Louise Shirley, BSc Applied Ecology and Conservation, who travelled to Madagascar during the summer vacation to work as a research assistant for the Society for Environmental Exploration. Louise said: "Madagascar has the greatest number of critically endangered primates of any country in the world, and to have the opportunity to join the effort to protect them was a great honour. My time there altered my perspective on life and my future career plans dramatically." You can find-out about Louise's trip to Madagascar here. Reports from other trips part-funded by the Life Sciences Travel Award (or by the Arthur Hosier and Meyer Sassoon Travel Awards) are available below.

Applications for funding are considered four times a year by the Award Selection Committee. Submission dates for applications depend on the proposed date of travel, as follows:

  • 31 July for travel during the period October - December (or later*)
  • 31 October for travel during the period January - March (or later*)
  • 31 January for travel during the period April - June (or later*)
  • 30 April for travel during the period July - September (or later*)

*If applicants need a decision on support from the fund well in advance of travel.

It is normally expected that a contribution towards the cost of the trip will be made by the student, the student's sponsor (if applicable) and the student's School or Department.

To apply, please read the Life Sciences Student Travel Award Guidance notes and then submit a completed application form to the Joint Faculties Office, Room 210 Carrington.

Reports from recent travel

Reports of some of the travel part-funded by the Life Sciences Student Travel Award since 2008-9 are available below:









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