BSPP Fellowships


The BSPP runs three Fellowship schemes to support working visits by individual members to institutions other than their normal place of work for at least one month. Members are welcome to apply for Travel Awards to support shorter visits. Applications for either type of Fellowship may be made bey email to the President-Elect at any time and must be submitted at least three months before the date of the proposed visit.


Senior Fellowships

Members may apply for Senior Fellowships to support working visits of one to three months duration away from their normal places of work or to part-fund longer visits. Fellowships are intended to stimulate and facilitate studies or training to the benefit of plant pathology. Any applicant must have been a member of BSPP for at least two years and no member may be awarded a Senior Fellowship more than once in any period of five years.

Senior Fellowships are intended to support (a) travel, accommodation and other personal costs directly related to the visit and (b) a contribution to consumables and other essential research costs directly related to the applicant's proposed research in the host laboratory. The maximum value of an award is generally £5000 although members are encouraged to be economical.

Applicants should submit a concise description of the collaboration or project for which assistance is sought, including: the scientific background to the work; aims and objectives; potential and intended benefits for plant pathology; and the period of study. The application should include letters of support from the member’s employer and the host institution, a summary of personal costs, a list of research costs with a justification of each item, and a full curriculum vitae of the applicant with an outline of research interests.


Junior Fellowships

Post-graduate student members may apply for Junior Fellowships for full or partial support of working visits of at least one month to laboratories other than their own. The aim is to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research, to enable students to acquire new techniques, and to make new contacts. Visits to laboratories in other countries are particularly encouraged. Any applicant must have been a member of BSPP for at least one year and be a post-graduate student (registered for a PhD or MSc by research) at the time the Fellowship award is taken up. No member may be awarded a Junior Fellowship more than once.

Junior Fellowships are intended to support (a) travel, accommodation and other personal costs that are not covered by the student’s stipend and (b) a contribution to any consumables which are essential for the applicant's proposed research in the host laboratory. The maximum value of an award is generally £3000 although members are encouraged to be economical.

Applicants should submit a one-page description of the project for which assistance is sought, including: the scientific background to their thesis work; aims and objectives; benefits for the applicant’s thesis and career; and the period of study. The application must include letters of support from the student’s supervisor and the host laboratory, a summary of personal costs, a list of research costs with a justification of each item, and a full curriculum vitae of the applicant.


Grace Waterhouse Fellowships

The Grace Waterhouse Fellowship has been set up to encourage links between the SASPP and the BSPP, with a particular focus on plant pathologists in the early stages of their careers. We expect the fellowship to be awarded competitively no more than once a year to a junior plant pathologist with high potential.

Members of the SASPP in the early stages of their career, studying in a southern African country, may apply for the Grace Waterhouse Fellowship to support a working visit of between one and three months to a laboratory in the UK. The aim is to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research, to enable students to acquire new techniques, and to make new contacts.

Any applicant must have been a member of SASPP for at least one year and must be registered for an MSc by research or PhD at the time the Fellowship award is taken up. No member may be awarded a Grace Waterhouse Fellowship more than once. The host must have been a member of the BSPP for at least two years.

The Grace Waterhouse fellowship is intended to support (a) travel, accommodation and other personal costs that are not covered by the student's stipend and (b) a contribution to any consumables which are essential for the applicant's proposed research in the host laboratory. In view of the travel costs and the UK being a relatively expensive country to live in, the maximum value of any award would be £5000, although members are encouraged to be economical.

Applicants should submit a one-page description of the project for which assistance is sought, including: the scientific background to their thesis work; aims and objectives; benefits for the applicant's thesis and career; and the period of study. The application must include letters of support from the student's supervisor and the host laboratory, a summary of personal costs, a list of research costs with a justification of each item, and a full curriculum vitae of the applicant. Applicants must also comply with the stipulations applied to other fellowships. The closing date each year for the fellowship will be the 31st October, and it is expected that the placement will take place during the following year.

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All types of Fellowship

Applicants must state what funds are available for their visit from either their home institutition or the proposed host institution. Applicants who are funded by a research council or other body that regularly supports travel in connection with research collaboration must submit evidence that they have applied for sponsorship from that body. Applicants who receive support from other sources that meets their costs in part or in full are required to inform the President-Elect of the amounts as soon as possible. If a BSPP award has already been paid, then the amount in excess of the stated required sum must be returned.

In both Fellowship schemes, ineligible costs include consumables for long-term projects which will continue after the applicant has left the host institution, overheads, bench fees not directly related to the project, staff costs at the host institution and similar charges. Total research costs in excess of £100 per week will not normally be considered eligible.