Covid-19 support scheme for Postdoctoral researchers 2021

Applictions are now closed for this scheme

Covid-19 remains a significant and frustrating challenge to us all. This new SRF initiative is designed to provide financial support for PhD students and post-doctoral scientists whose work has been adversely affected by Covid-19 pandemic closure of research laboratories and facilities.  The scheme is specifically focussed on stipend and salary where alternative support has not been available.  Maximum awards are £4000 for PhD students and £12,500 for post-doctoral scientists.

Further details of the scheme along with eligibility criteria are outlined in the accompanying form at the bottom of the page.

Covid-19 support scheme for Postdoctoral researchers 2021


  • The principal applicant must be a current, fully paid-up member for 2020 and 2021.
  • The principal applicant must be employed in a Postdoctoral position.
  • The award must be used for stipend and salary support of the applicants whose research has been affected by Covid-19 pandemic closure of research laboratories/facilities.
  • The application must be accompanied by a letter of support from their line manager / Head of Department indicating the applicant’s employment status, the degree of financial support in existence to the applicant, the nature of the disadvantage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to the applicant and that their institution is willing to support and administer the award.
  • Individuals that have already received additional salary support (e.g. UKRI or other funding body) due to COVID-19 disruption will not be eligible to apply to this scheme’


Application open date: 28 January 2021

Deadline: Applications are closed


Applicants should fill the application form to indicate how the pandemic has affected their research and detail how the funds will be used.

Details of the Postdoctoral award:


  • Eligible applicants may only submit one application.
  • The maximum amount awarded will be £12,500.
  • The number of awards made will depend on the quality of the applications received and the financial position of the society.
  • The society reserves the right not to make any awards in any given round if the quality of applications does not meet the standards required.
  • Funds will be paid to the applicant’s institution. A letter of support from the applicant’s line manager / Head of Division confirming the applicant’s position and that the institution will accept and administer the award on behalf of the individual.
  • Funds awarded are final, do not include overheads and are not subject to appeal.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • All successful applicants must submit a report within 12 months of completing the project describing how the funds were used.
  • All successful applicants must acknowledge the SRF in any publications or presentations arising from work supported by these funds.