The British Society for Plant Pathology will fund four bursaries of up to GBP 4,000 each to support students undertaking an MSc/MRes course with a significant plant pathology content. Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Bursaries can be used to support students on MSc/MRes courses in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Contributing to course fees.
  • Paying accommodation or other living costs.
  • Supporting costs incurred in visiting another institution to undertake a research project.

However please note that bursaries are intended to cover costs that would otherwise be incurred by the student, and cannot be used to support consumable costs in any host laboratory.

Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:

  • Why you have selected to study Plant Pathology.
  • What areas of the training are of particular interest to you and why.
  • How much you would like to apply for.
  • What you intend to use the bursary to support.
  • What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Please also supply details of the course you wish to apply to – or are already registered on – including its web site. Please also include a recent CV with your application.

Payment of the award to successful candidates will be paid upon proof of registration (or on receipt of a formal letter from the hosting institution in the case of a research visit). The money is not transferable to another course. Funds will be paid directly to the student rather than the University or department.

BSPP funded students will be expect to produce a report for the BSPP newsletter at the end of their course describing their experience. Students will also be given free membership of the society for two years.

This year (for courses starting in September 2020) the closing date for applications is 30th June. However, applications to support a research project to be done at a hosting laboratory in another institution for an MSc course that has already started should be submitted by 15th June.

  • 1. Why you have selected to study Plant Pathology.
    2. What areas of the training are of particular interest to you and why.
    3. How much you would like to apply for.
    4. What you intend to use the bursary to support.
    5. What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.