G. Malcolm Spooner Bursary Grant

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

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Grant amount: £1,500

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2021

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 30, 2023

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Research

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

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Malcolm Spooner, M.B.E. was a gifted zoologist who worked at the Marine Biological Association’s Laboratory in Plymouth for 41 years. Educated at Charterhouse and Christ’s College Cambridge he was appointed to the MBA staff in 1931 and did early work on the genetics of gammarids before carrying out pioneering studies on the uptake of radioactive fission products by seaweeds and marine animals. Malcolm initiated many generations of students into the wonders of shore collecting in the MBA Easter Classes. He was also editor of the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) for many years before his retirement in 1972. In addition to marine biology, Malcolm had many talents and interests, from his war-time codebreaking to his lifelong work in entomology, which started in his schooldays and continued into his final days in 1989. So also did his enthusiasm for nature conservation and his encouragement of young naturalists.

The G. Malcolm Spooner Bursary was established after his death in 1989 to enable university undergraduates to experience marine biological research at the MBA. Recently the Bursary fund has been kindly supported further by his family to increase opportunities for undergraduates interested in marine biology.

NOTE: The bursary will be available every two years from June 1st and can be taken up at any time thereafter during the summer period.

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


  • This bursary is open to university-level students who are current undergraduates at the time of application and who are interested in pursuing a research career.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be a current member of the MBA.