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Bülbring Award


Traditionally, it has been challenging to return to science following a significant career break - especially for women, but also for anyone who has experienced an unexpected life event or has had significant caring responsibilities.
This award is named in honour of Edith Bülbring, the second ever woman to become a member of the British Pharmacological Society. Edith was dismissed from her post in Berlin in 1933 following the rise of Nazism in Germany. While on holiday in England in the same year, Sir Henry Dale offered her a job and provided an introduction to JH Burn, who subsequently employed her as his assistant in Oxford.
The award has been established to assist members in enhancing training opportunities following a career break. These activities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Visiting another laboratory at home or overseas to learn a new technique
  • Funding a short-term independent research project with a view to obtaining pilot data for an external grant/fellowship application; consumables directly attributable to the project

The prize

A sum of up to £10,000 is available for one award.


  • Quality of the applicant’s career to date
  • Quality of the application
  • Potential interviews with shortlisted candidates


This award is open to both women and men in both tenured and non-tenured positions. There are no restrictions on age, nationality, place of residence or work of nominees. Applicants will:

  • Ordinarily be expected to have been a member for at least 2 years and will currently be a Full Member
  • Preferably have presented at a Society meeting in the past 3 years
  • Have published at least two first author papers in the field of pharmacology
  • Be on, or aiming for, an academic career track
  • Be in full or part-time employment with at least 6 months’ pro-rata remaining on their current contract
  • Be supported by a letter from the holder of the Grant/Fund which pays the applicant’s salary, if not currently in a tenured position
  • Have had at least a 6-month career break within the last 18 months due to circumstances that include, but are not restricted to:
    • maternity or paternity
    • personal ill health or disability
    • care of a relative or partner

Deadline and application form

Please submit the application form by 28 February 2018.

Past winners

  • 2017 - C Parish