Honor Fell / Company of Biologists Travel Awards

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Honor Fell Travel Awards are sponsored by The Company of Biologists (the publishers of The Journal of Cell Science and Development) and they provide financial support for BSCB members at the beginning of their research careers to attend meetings and courses. Applications are considered for any meeting or course relevant to cell biology. The amount of the award depends on the location of the meeting or course. Awards will be up to:

  • £150 to attend online events and workshops.
  • £500 for meetings and courses within the UK (this now includes the BSCB Spring meeting)
  • £700 for meetings and courses within Europe.
  • £1000 for meetings and courses in the rest of the world

Please note, applicants can apply for only one conference in the same year, and six in toto.  However, BSCB members may apply for funds for both an online and in-person conference in the same calendar year (these together will count as 1 travel award only)

How to apply:

1) Register with the BSCB online application portal here (if you haven’t done so already)
2) Download the full application form here, complete and save as a single pdf.
3) Complete your details in the online application portal and upload the full application form.

The following rules usually apply (at the discretion of the Committee):

  • Awards are normally made to those in the early stages of their careers (students and postdocs).
  • Direct debit members must have been a member for at least 3 months before they are eligible to apply for the award.
  • Non-direct debit members must have been a member for at least a year (or be a PhD student in their first year of study). Non-direct debit student members must sign up for 3-4 years in order to be eligible for travel awards.
  • Applications must be made at least six weeks in advance of the meeting for which support is requested. Decisions on applications will be made at the end of each calendar month.
  • Group leaders who have no current funding available for travel are eligible for our The Company of Biologists Support Grants.
  • No applicant will receive more than one award per annum. However, an award to attend the BSCB spring meeting does not preclude getting another travel award in the same year.
  • The applicant must be contributing a poster or a talk.
  • Any one lab may receive up to three awards per calendar year, not counting awards to participate in the spring BSCB meeting. Awards are discretionary and subject to available funds.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • When presenting a poster or talk, an acknowledgement should be displayed, which can be downloaded (jpg below or pdf here.)
  • Note: awards for the BSCB Spring meeting are made on a first-come basis and will be limited to the first 30 applicants.
  • meeting support

Dame Honor B. Fell FRS (1900-1986) was a pioneer of organ, tissue and cell culture and worked prominently on cartliage and bone formation.  Her long career led to Directorship of The Strangeways Laboratory in Cambridge. BSCB is proud to associate these Awards with her enthusiasm for science and persistence in experimentation.

The level and number of Awards offered are possible due to a generous grant from The Company of Biologists.