Heredity Fieldwork Grant

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Could financial support to collect field data aid your research?

The Genetics Society has made awards up to £2,000 available to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with a field-based genetic research project.

The research should produce results that would typically be suitable for publication in the Society’s journal Heredity.

Heredity Fieldwork Grant FAQ

Who can apply for this grant?

    All members of the Genetics Society can apply, as long as you are studying or working in the UK, or you intend to carry out your fieldwork in the UK. Students can apply as soon as they become Society members. Others should be a Society member for at least one year.
    The Genetics Society is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. We welcome applications for the Heredity Fieldwork Grant from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, caring responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.

What costs can be applied for?

    We will support costs directly associated with the field component of a research project, including:
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Subsistence (e.g., food if you are self-catering, or while travelling)
  • Consumables for pre-processing (e.g., sample collection, storage, RNA extraction)
  • Travel, accommodation, and subsistence for a field assistant if they are essential for practical or health and safety reasons, but they must also be a Society member
  • Equipment essential for the gathering of data in the field may be eligible but should not total more than one third of the funds applied for

What costs will not be covered?

  • Fieldwork that is an essential part of your study and already budgeted for in your funding
  • Anything associated with lab procedures, e.g., downstream molecular analysis or equipment
  • Salary for anyone engaged in the fieldwork
  • Fieldwork taking place outside the UK if you do not work or study in the UK
  • Attendance at conferences (you should apply for a Junior Conference Grant)

What other conditions are there?

  • You must either live or work in the UK or intend to carry out your fieldwork in the UK
  • If you are a student, we need a supporting letter from your supervisor
  • Your supervisor must also be a member of The Genetics Society
  • You must be completing your fieldwork yourself
  • We can only fund one application per research group in twelve-month period
  • You can only claim one Heredity Fieldwork Grant in any two year period
  • We need to know why your student funding does not cover the fieldwork you intend to carry out
  • You must submit a short report that we can consider for inclusion in the Genetics Society newsletter and on our website within two months of completing the fieldwork

How can I join The Genetics Society?

How do I apply for the Heredity Fieldwork Grant?

    Applications are made online via the Genetics Society Grants application site.
  • Log in to the mySociety membership portal
  • select “Me and the GS”
  • select “Grants” from the options at the top of the page
  • choose Heredity Fieldwork Grant
    If you have any queries regarding the application process or are experiencing any difficulty with your submission, please contact
    Deadlines are quarterly, at midnight on 1st February, May, August and November.

What should I include in my application?

  • A completed online GS Funding Application Form
  • A recent CV detailing any relevant fieldwork experience
  • A supporting statement from your supervisor. Remember that your supervisor also needs to be a member of the Genetics Society
    The Genetics Society aims to notify the decision within one month of application deadlines. However, applications should be submitted at the earliest opportunity, and at least 3 months in advance of the start date of the fieldwork.
    The Heredity Fieldwork Grant is funded by income from the journal Heredity