Academic Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the SRF Academic Scholarship Fund is to support established SRF members develop and maintain their research programmes.

 The SRF awarded Academic Scholarships to the following members in 2016:

Project: The role of DAZL in chromosomal integrity in early meiosis
Professor Richard Anderson, University of Edinburgh
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Project: The Contribution of Placental Angiogenesis to Porcine Foetal Growth
Professor Cheryl Ashworth, The Roslin Intitute, University of Edinburgh
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Project: Does the gut microbiome play a role in polycystic ovary syndrome?
Dr Mick Rae, Edinburgh Napier University
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Purpose of the Award:

The types of activities that could be supported include (but are not limited to):

  • Small pump-priming grants to generate preliminary data for a full grant proposal
  • Travel and subsistence for a period of sabbatical leave
  • Bridging funds to help retain staff during gaps in grant funding


  • The applicant must have an academic post and be continuing in that post for the duration of the award.
  • The applicant must be a current, fully-paid up, full member of SRF and must have been a full member for at least 5 continuous years.
  • The applicant must be an active member of SRF (e.g. by attending conferences, membership of committees, publishing in Reproduction).
  • Only non-statutory members may apply for this award.
  • Academic Scholarship awardees must complete a further five years of continuous SRF membership before being eligible to receive another Academic Scholarship (i.e. only one award will be made per individual per 5 years of membership).

Details of the Award:

  • The maximum amount awarded will be £12,500.
  • The number of awards made each year will depend on the quality of the applications received and the financial position of the society.
  • Funds will be paid to the applicant’s institution.
  • Funds awarded are final, do not include overheads and are not subject to appeal.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report describing how the funds were used and to acknowledge SRF in any publications arising from work supported by this fund.
  • The main criteria will be the quality of the application, however if two applicants are equally rated, preference will be given to 1st time applicants

The application system will open shortly for 2017. Applications can be made at any point during the year but will be reviewed by the Education and Engagement Committee in late October.  Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application 8-10 weeks after the deadline.  The project start date should therefore be no earlier than 3 months after the closing date for applications.

Please note that the SRF cannot provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants.
Previous Academic Scholarships have been awarded to the following recipients.
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Dr Ali Fouladi-Nashta, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Project: “Understanding and assessing impact of hyaluronidases (hyals) in supporting preimplantation embryo development”.