Academic Scholarship Fund

Five separate Academic Scholarship funds are now available.

Academic Scholarship

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

The purpose of the SRF Scholarship Fund is to support SRF members to develop and maintain their research programmes. Following consultation with our members, the SRF offers 5 separate Scholarship funds, an Academic Scholarship, a Research Fellow Scholarship, an Early Career Researcher Scholarship,  a Return to Research Scholarship and new for 2022 a Collaborative Research Scholarship.

Please click here for an overview of all the Academic Scholarships, to help you decide which Scholarship to apply for and eligibility.

Purpose of the Awards:

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
  • Support academic staff returning to research following maternity, adoption and/or shared parental leave.
  • To support and promote the exchange of knowledge and skills between the laboratories of SRF members and collaborators (either existing or new)

Details of the Awards:

  • Eligible applicants may only apply for one Scholarship (Academic, Early Career Researcher, Return to Research, Research Fellow, Collaborative Research) in any single year.
  • The maximum amount awarded for the Academic, Early Career Researcher, Return to Research, or Research Fellow Scholarship will be £10,000.
  • The maximum amount awarded for the Collaborative Research Scholarship will be £3,000.
  • The number of awards made each year 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 year if the quality of applications does not meet the required standards.
  • 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
  • All successful applicants must submit a report within 3 months of completing the project describing how the funds were used
  • Failure to provide the appropriate reports within the stated time will result in the applicant becoming ineligible to apply for further SRF supported funding.
  • All successful applicants must acknowledge the SRF in any publications or presentations 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 first time applicants.

Application Process:

Application for 2023 are now closed.

Before applying, please click here for an overview of all the Academic Scholarships, to help you decide which Scholarship to apply for and eligibility.

Applications must be made using the online application form. At the top of the form, select the scholarship you are applying for from the drop down menu.

To assist you in the preparation of your application, click here for a template of the application form for all Academic Scholarships.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application 6-8 weeks after the deadline. Project start dates should therefore be no earlier than 3 months after the closing date for applications.

Application Timeline for 2023 

Monday 9 October – Applications close

Friday 9 November – Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application

Friday 1 December – Awardees to confirm

Please note that the SRF cannot provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants.

If you have any questions about the awards please don’t hesitate to email us at