Training Grant

Have you found a genetics-related training course that would help with your research?

The Genetics Society can help with grants of up to £1,200 to enable members to attend formal short training courses, or a collaborative visit to another laboratory to train in specific genetic/genomic techniques.

See our events page for course suggestions.

Deadlines for this grant are quarterly, at midnight on 15th February, May, August and November.

Training 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 the course you wish to attend is being held 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?
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Subsistence (e.g., food if you are self-catering, or while travelling)
  • Registration/tuition fees
What can’t be funded?
  • Training in a collaborators lab that is already built into and budgeted for in your degree funding
  • Training courses taking place outside the UK if you do not work or study in the UK
  • Fieldwork. You should apply for a Heredity Fieldwork Grant.
What other conditions are there?
  • You must be either studying or working in the UK, or intending to carry out your training course 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 can only claim one travel grant in any two year period
  • Only one application from your research group can be funded in any twelve-month period
  • If the course you want to attend is outside the UK but a similar course is available in the UK, we need a detailed explanation of why we should fund you to attend the course abroad
  • We need to know why your student funding does not cover the training costs
  • Within two months of completing the training you must submit a short report that we can consider for inclusion in the Genetics Society newsletter and on our website.
How can I join The Genetics Society?
How do I apply for the training 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 Training 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 15th February, May, August and November.
What should I include in my application?
  • A completed online GS Funding Application Form
  • A recent CV
  • A supporting statement from your supervisor if you are a postgraduate, undergraduate, or MSc by Research student. Remember that they also need to be a member of the Genetics Society.
    The Genetics Society aims to notify the decision within one month of applications. Applications should be submitted at the earliest opportunity, and at least 3 months in advance of the start date of training.