Purpose: to support field-based genetic research.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the applicant pursuing a field-based genetic research project.  The scheme is not intended to cover the costs of salaries for those engaged in fieldwork, or to fund attendance at conferences.  However, it is recognised that in some circumstances, e.g. for health and safety or practical reasons, an assistant, and/or particular equipment may be required.  The research should produce results that would typically be suitable for publication in the Society’s journal Heredity.

Criteria for Eligibility: 

  • All students are eligible to apply for this grant immediately after they join the Genetics Society.
  • Other applicants (i.e. PI’s and Co-I’s) must have been members of the Genetics Society for at least one year before applications can be accepted.
  • Although Heredity Fieldwork Grants are primarily targeted at post-graduate students, in exceptional circumstances we will consider applications from students who are required to complete a fieldwork study in their final undergraduate, or MSc by Research year.
  • Applicants other than PI’s and Co-I’s are required to submit a supporting letter from their supervisor who should be a current Genetics Society member.
  • If a field assistant is required, their expenses will be considered if they are a member of the Genetics Society.
  • A maximum of one Heredity Fieldwork Grant per individual per two years will be awarded.
  • Only one application per research group will be funded in any one year.
  • The applicant must be completing the fieldwork themselves.
  • 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.
    • Typically we will not fund lab procedures or equipment
  • Recipients of these grants must submit a short report within two months of completion of the project that may be included in the Genetics Society newsletter.
  • These grants are open to all members of the Genetics Society; however, priority will be given to applications from those with a UK base wishing to undertake fieldwork outwith the UK and to non-UK-based students wishing to undertake fieldwork in the UK.

How to apply: 
Applications should be made online via the Genetics Society Grants application site.  Once you have logged in to the mySociety membership portal, please select “Me and the GS” followed by “Grants” from the options at the top of the page, and then choose the 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 (midnight on: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November).

Apply for a Heredity Fieldwork Grant

A complete application should contain the following:

  • A completed online GS Funding Application Form.
  • If the applicant is a postgraduate, undergraduate, or MSc by Research student, a supporting statement from their supervisor, who should also be a member of the Genetics Society, is required.  This statement should be uploaded via the online application form before the deadline.

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.  We regret that feedback on unsuccessful applications is not available.

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The Heredity Fieldwork Grant is funded by income from the journal Heredity