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Attendance at scientific meetings supports the British Pharmacological Society’s mission to promote and advance pharmacology, and the education and professional development of members.

The Society has established a bursary fund to contribute towards the cost of members attending symposia, conferences and meetings deemed by the Society to be of interest to pharmacologists. Bursaries are also available to cover caring costs associated with attending Society meetings and events.

The Society aims to give financial support to all eligible applicants.

The availability of bursaries and travel grants for Society meetings will be advertised in advance of the meeting on the meeting page and in our e-newsletter. Members need to sign in to the My Society area of the website to access a list of currently eligible meetings.
Preference will be given to applications for attendance at Society meetings from students and to those who have not previously received a Society bursary or travel grant within the same calendar year.Please note that applicants are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year.

Apply for a bursary (Society meetings)

  • All applications must be submitted in the prescribed format. The Society reserves the right to require applications from student members to also be supported by a Society Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow. Should this be the case, we will contact the applicant.
  • Applications must be completed by the advertised deadline.
  • All applications will be considered after the advertised deadline.
  • Emails notifying a successful application should be retained for submission with the claims form.
  • A certificate of attendance should also be submitted with the claim.

Apply for a bursary (non-Society meetings)

Members wishing to apply for bursaries to attend non-Society meetings should complete the application form and email it to Paul Tizard  together with a copy of their submitted abstract. Please note that applicants are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year. The Vice President - Meetings will confirm whether or not the meeting qualifies for bursary support.

Deadlines for applications for non-Society meetings are:

  • 31 January
  • 30 April
  • 31 July
  • 31 October


Normally, bursaries are available subject to the following guidelines:

  • Applications must be in the prescribed format.
  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Applications will only be considered if the advertised start of the meeting to which the application relates is not more than 26 nor less than six weeks after the next advertised deadline.
  • The maximum amount for individual bursaries and travel grants will be restricted to 75% of the aggregate cost of early-bird registration, accommodation and travel for students and 50% for non-students. The maximum award per meeting as well as per year is £750 - this may be split over more than one meeting. Food and beverage costs and travel incidentals will not be reimbursed. Costs will be based on the Society’s assessment of the most economical mode of travel and a reasonable standard of accommodation.
  • Bursaries will only be provided if the applicant is presenting an abstract.

Bursary payments

  • Bursaries can only be paid after a meeting and against a claim in the prescribed format, supported by original receipts, a copy of the email confirming the award and a certificate of attendance. A short report on the meeting will also be required. 
  • All claims must be received at the Society’s offiice within four weeks of the advertised closing date of the meeting to which they relate.Late claims will not be considered.
  • Receipts will not be returned by the Society and claimants should therefore ensure they keep copies if required.
  • Claimants will be required to certify whether any additional funding has been requested/obtained and the amount. The amount of any additional funding may be deducted from the amount payable by the Society.
  • The amount payable in respect of any claim will be the upper limit of the award or the total of actual receipted costs, whichever is lower.
  • Payments will only be made direct to bank accounts in the name of the bursary applicant, unless the Society has stated otherwise in its email notification confirming the award.