Travel Grants

The FSBI offers the opportunity for its members to apply on a competitive basis for financial assistance in support of travel to conferences (other than the FSBI annual conference) and associated scientific exchange visits that are consistent with the Society’s objectives. Please see here for full Terms and Conditions of the FSBI's Travel Grant scheme.

Travel Grant programme

The Travel Grant programme has no age limits, but is primarily aimed at early-career scientists studying fish biology or fisheries science. Grants are available on a competitive basis to FSBI members for travel related to the Society's objectives.

Grant competitions are open to any member of the Society, regardless of their geographical location, but to be eligible you must be a paid up FSBI member at the time of making a grant application.

The primary purpose of Travel Grants is to enable researchers to present their work at international scientific meetings other than the FSBI annual conference. The grants are not intended to support meetings to discuss new proposals or fieldwork, although a combination of conference attendance and visits to other institutions is encouraged. Funds will not be provided to undertake research projects or to purchase equipment for which a separate scheme is available.

The current annual budget for Travel Grants is £25,000 and the maximum individual grant is £1,000, which may be matched by funds from other sources if more substantial costs are involved. The grant is intended to cover travel, travel insurance, subsistence costs and conference fees as necessary.  Reports of recent awards are published in the FSBI Newsletter.

Assessment of Applications

Travel Grants are allocated on a competitive basis and in relation to the funds available. The Committee’s decision is final and we are not able to enter into dialogue about our evaluation. However, candidates are free to apply again in subsequent rounds.

Travel Grant applications are assessed by an independent committee of Council Members on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The level of contribution to the conference (poster; oral presentation);
  2. The level of travel grant support previously received from the FSBI;
  3. The level of additional support obtained for the proposed activity;
  4. The value of the proposed travel activities to the applicant (e.g. activities such as visits to other institutions, training opportunities);
  5. The level of seniority of the applicant (i.e. is the applicant in an established position?);
  6. The quality of the application (i.e. content and presentation of the application, not perceived ‘value’ of the work).

 How to apply

The closing date for 2019 applications is midnight GMT on 01 December 2019.

The closing dates for 2020 applications are midnight GMT on 01 March 2020, 01 June 2020, 01 September 2020 and 01 December 2020. Late applications will not be considered. If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt within 48 hours please contact admin@fsbi.org.uk

Subject-related enquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Travel Grants sub-committee.

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