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.

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.

  • Please write up to 500 words containing a concise description of the project for which assistance is sought, including the scientific background to the thesis work; aims and objectives; benefits for the applicant's thesis and career; and the period of study.
  • A list of research costs with a justification of each item. In all 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.
  • Applicants must state what funds are available for their visit from either their home institution 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.
  • A full curriculum vitae of the applicant
  • BEFORE SUBMITTING PLEASE READ: 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. 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.