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Purpose: to support field-based genetic research.

Awards of up to £2,000 (typically below £1,700) are 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.

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.
  • Funding for students is primarily targeted to those at post-graduate level.  However, 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 must be a current Genetics Society member.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the UK or overseas, and to non-UK-based students wishing to undertake fieldwork in the UK.

Eligible costs:

The scheme is intended to support costs directly associated with the field component of a research project, such as travel and accommodation expenses, consumables for pre-processing ( e.g. sample collection, storage, RNA extraction).

Costs associated with lab procedures, e.g. downstream molecular analysis or equipment are not eligible.

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.  If a field assistant is required, their expenses will be considered if they are a member of the Genetics Society.

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.

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.

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