The purpose of these grants is to support the attendance of Genetics Society “junior scientist” members at conferences on research in Genetics.
The scheme has two main streams: (A) to support attendance at meetings organised directly by the Genetics Society or sponsored by the Society as a Sectional Interest Group; and (B) to support attendance at non-Genetics Society meetings.
- Scheme (A) is open to undergraduate, Masters and PhD students and to postdoctoral scientists within six years of their PhD viva. Scheme (B) is open to PhD students and postdoctoral scientists within six years of their PhD viva (but not undergraduate or Masters students). (Scientists who obtained their PhD more than six years ago are not eligible for these schemes.)
- Scheme (B) is open to members with a UK base wishing to attend conferences outside of the UK and to non-UK-based members wishing to attend a conference in the UK. We regret that we cannot consider applications from bases outside the UK for conference attendance outside the UK.
- Supervisors providing support letters must be current members of the Genetics Society and should include their membership number in the supporting letter. This supporting letter must be uploaded along with the online application before the deadline.
- Grant recipients will be asked to write a short report that may be published in the Genetics Society Newsletter.
- A maximum of one grant per two years will be awarded per applicant.
(A) Grants to assist with travel and accommodation (but not registration) costs to attend Genetics Society or Sectional Interest Group meeting.
Grants up to £150 are available for travel and essential overnight accommodation to attend any of the Genetics Society’s own bi-annual meetings and those of our Sectional Interest Groups. The most economic form of travel should be used.
(B) Travel, accommodation and registration cost at other (non-Genetics Society) meetings.
Grants of up to £750 are available to attend conferences in the area of Genetics other than Genetics Society or Sectional Interest meetings.
Applications should be submitted in time for one of our bi-monthly deadlines (1st day of February, April, June, August, October and December) and should be made by logging into your membership account. Once you have logged in, please select “Me and the GS” followed by “Grants” from the options at the top of the page, and then choose the Junior Scientist Conference Grant. Note that the conference you are applying for must take place AFTER the application deadline.
Up to three (Scheme B) Conference grants per year will be co-sponsored by the Galton Institute and will provide up to £1,000. Applicants for a prestigious Galton co-sponsored award should request between £750 and £1,000 in support and explain how their work conforms to the mission of the Galton Institute. The Galton co-sponsored award is only open to registered PhD students who will take up the award before their PhD graduation date. If unsuccessful for the Galton co-sponsored award, applications will be automatically considered for a standard stream B grant for which a maximum of £750 can be awarded.
(C) Registration costs for (non-Genetics Society) virtual meetings.
Grants of up to £300 are available to cover registration costs for virtual conferences.
The virtual conference grant (a temporary measure during the pandemic situation, to be reviewed on a six monthly basis) is available to:
- UK-based members to enable attendance at a genetics-related virtual conference based either in the UK or elsewhere
- non-UK-based members to attend a UK-based Genetics related virtual conference
How to apply:
For Genetics Society and Sectional Interest Group meetings (e.g.,Fly South West, GARNet, E-ATCG), applications should be submitted online before the registration deadline of the meeting.
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 Junior Scientist Conference Grant award.
If you have any queries regarding the application process or are experiencing any difficulty with your submission, please contact email@example.com
There is no limit to the frequency that grants can be awarded for attending Genetics Society meetings.
The supervisor’s supporting statement must be uploaded along with the online application before the deadline. Supervisors writing support letters must be current members of the Genetics Society and should include their membership number in the student application.
Carer’s Award. In recognition of carer’s responsibilities, an award of (up to) £60/day will be made available to enable members and selected speakers to attend Genetics Society scientific meetings and events. Awardees can spend this money as they think will best support their attendance. Applications can be made through the mysociety portal.