PhD Hardship Award

The PhD Hardship Award is available as an emergency measure for Full, ECS or International Members of SfAM who are already studying for a PhD in applied microbiology under the direction of a supervisor.
Details
  • Who can apply: Full, ECS, and International Members

  • Maximum Award: £3000 (you do not need to apply for the maximum amount)

  • Deadline: there is no deadline for this award

The PhD Hardship Award is available as an emergency measure for Full, ECS or International Members of SfAM who are already studying for a PhD in applied microbiology under the direction of a supervisor.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their hardship is a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances, rather than a result of insufficient funding being available from the outset of the project.

The awards are intended to support students who would otherwise be unable to complete their research or study. The funds can also be used to contribute towards university fees where the student’s original source of funding has been disrupted or withdrawn.

Please note that:

  • applicants must currently be in financial hardship (speculative applications are not permitted)

  • applicants must be able to demonstrate that their hardship is a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances

  • applicants must have a letter of support from their supervisor

This must be gender neutral and contain the applicant name only once (in the title)

  • applicants must have an official letter from the university to say that the student is in hardship – usually the Welfare Office should be able to assist.

This discretionary award is administered by the SfAM Grants Award Panel.

Terms & conditions Terms & conditions
  1. The applicant must be an existing ECS, International or Full Member of SfAM and have been so for a minimum of 12 months to be eligible to apply.

  2. The applicant must already be studying for a PhD in applied microbiology, under the direction of a supervisor, and their original source of funding must have been disrupted or withdrawn. The applicant must be an established PhD student, not transferring from an MSc to a PhD.

  3. Applications must be endorsed by the finance officer if fees are to be payable to the institution.

  4. The applicant must provide a one-page overview of the research proposal and full justification for the funding.

  5. A one-page CV of the applicant must be included with each application.

  6. SfAM will not support individuals who started their PhD knowing their finances would not allow them to fully complete their studies.

  7. Payment will only be made directly to the institution, who must provide an invoice to the Society for Applied Microbiology for the amount awarded prior to payment.

Application form

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