BES: Training & Travel Grants

British Ecological Society (BES)

Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Working Professional PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 3 years of receiving their PhD

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These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.


Our grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis; submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Funding for all standard Training & Travel Grants has now been fully allocated for 2016. The next round will open in January 2017.

We have a limited number of grants available to attend our Annual Meeting in Liverpool if you are a student or postgraduate research assistant, and a citizen of/working in a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization. Please contact Amy, our Grants & Events Officer, if you are interested in applying for this.

There is no application deadline; instead, there are two opening dates within a 12 month period (January and June). Once funding for one round has been allocated, the round will close until the next opening date. If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you can only apply to the second round.

We offer significant student registration discount on the costs of our own events, including our Annual Meeting, symposia and majority of our Special Interest Group (SIG) events. Therefore, Travel Grants are not available for these meetings. Grants may be considered for SIG events if the meeting is taking place outside the country in which the applicant resides.


Unless the applicant is self-funded, it is expected that their organisation will provide at least £150 of support towards the costs of the event.

  • a maximum of £300 is available for events and courses being held in the applicants’ country of residence
  • a maximum of £500 is available for events being held outside the applicants’ country of residence
  • grants of up to £1,000 are available to attend our Annual Meeting or symposia if the applicant is a citizen of a country that is classified as ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank
  • the grant will be paid after the event has taken place, on receipt of a brief report, certificate of attendance and any appropriate receipts
  • all costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All applicants are required to:
    • be a BES member,
    • have at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree,
    • be a PhD student, postgraduate research assistant (within 3 years of completing relevant degree) or equivalent (Postdoc researchers are therefore not eligible to apply),
    • work or study at a university or research institution (including field centres, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provide research facilities,
    • work in scientific areas within our remit (the science of ecology) and of relevance to the training course or meeting they are applying to attend
    • give a presentation if attending a meeting.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Postdoc researchers are not eligible to apply.
  • No retrospective claims for funding will be considered.
  • No applicant may receive more than two Training and Travel Grants in any five year period.
  • There must be at least three years between grants; applicants who received a travel grant to attend INTECOL are therefore not eligible to apply this year.