BMCS Student Bursaries

Guidance and Conditions for Bursary Applications

Who is eligible?
Most BMCS organised meetings offer a limited number of bursaries to help cover costs, including registration and travel, for PhD and post-doctoral applicants studying at academic institutions irrespective of their nationality.  Preference will be given to members of the RSC, a National Adhering  Organisation of the EFMC, and any co-sponsoring organisation (if applicable), especially those who are selected to present posters.    Bursary applications are also invited from RSC or EFMC members who are of working age, but currently unemployed, and from those who may have difficulty in funding themselves or whose organisations may have difficulty in funding their attendance.

Applications must be endorsed by the student’s supervisor.

What type of expenditure can be funded?

Registration fee (first claim item), second class or budget travel, one night’s accommodation at a budget hotel for one-day meetings and up to three nights’ accommodation for multi-day meetings.

What is the maximum value of each bursary?

Bursaries are up to a value of £300 for one-day meetings, and up to £600 for multi-day meetings.

What is the closing date for applications?
See details from relevant meeting.

For further details please contact the BMCS Secretary. Contact details can be found on this page.

An application form and claim form can also be found on this page.

How should claims be submitted?
Successful bursary applicants must submit their completed claim form with receipts to the Secretary of BMCS within 30 days of the end of the conference.

BMCS Researcher Mobility Fellowship

The aim of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) Research Mobility Fellowship scheme is to encourage short placements between academic institutions and industry, in either direction, in order to drive excellence in UK-based science by facilitating academic-industrial collaborations, partnerships and exchanges in areas of interest to the BMCS, namely bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and agriscience.

Fellowships cover a single one-off visit of up to 3 months in duration, supported by awards of up to £5000*. The fellowship, including submission of the final report, is to be completed within 1 year of the grant.

* The fellowship grants will contribute towards return travel to the host location, accommodation and subsistence during the visit.


  • One page applications should be submitted jointly by both the academic and industrial partner.
  • Applications should outline the scope and duration and proposed time lines of the project to be undertaken in addition to making clear the benefit it will have for both parties.
  • Applicants must give an outline of how the funds they are requesting will be utilized and produce evidence to support this.
  • Applications should be made jointly by both the academic and industrial parties. Additional letters of support from academic supervisors / line managers, may also be included to strengthen the application.
  • Individuals are eligible to receive only one grant per year.
  • Applicants need not be RSC members, but preference will be given to RSC members. If the applicant is an RSC member, they should use their membership application number in the application.
  • There are no age restrictions; applications are invited from anyone who has been educated to degree level, or higher, in chemical sciences, or has equivalent industrial experience.
  • At least one partner applicant must be UK based, but applications will also be considered where one partner applicant is based in the continent of Europe.
  • Applications must hold a fixed-term or permanent contract at an eligible organisation (university; industrial, private or commercial organisation; university spin-out company or research institute) that lasts for the duration of the project and be working or holding a contract in the UK or Europe, regardless of nationality.
  • Upon completion of the fellowship, a 1 page report should be submitted to the BMCS to outline the benefit of the collaboration. A synopsis of this may be posted on the BMCS website to encourage future applications.
  • Applicants may also request supporting funding for their host organisation (with justification), which may include provision for bench fees and administrative support costs (e.g. visa application, insurance) which would be incurred during their visit. These costs must be specified in the application form and verified by the host organisation.
  • While applications that involve ongoing existing collaborations will be considered, applications that target new collaborations are particularly encouraged.

Contact and Further Information

RSC BMCS Secretariat, Mrs Maggi Churchouse

E-mail: Conference Secretariat.


BMCS International Travel Prize

The RSC Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) is pleased to announce it will be offering a number of Travel Prizes for use in 2021 of up to £2,000 in value to post-graduate students currently enrolled in research programmes (PhD or Masters) in UK institutions. The purpose of the Travel Prizes is to support the attendance of the student at an international scientific meeting of their choice, in the area of organic, biological or medicinal chemistry, through funding wholly, or in part, of registration, accommodation and travel costs. The Travel Prizes will be awarded on a competitive basis to students who complete the application process and are subsequently selected by the BMCS committee. Successful applicants will be also expected to present their work, in either oral or poster form, at the meeting for which the Travel Prize has been awarded, or at an appropriate RSC/BMCS organised meeting. Successful applicants will also receive a certificate to indicate their winning of one of these prestigious Travel Prizes. The prizes should be taken up in 2021, and to that end applications should be submitted to the BMCS by 31st December 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by 22nd January 2021.

Submissions will only be accepted by use of the application form which also contains guidance.  This can be found below.

Application forms are also available from Dr Andrew C Williams, Hon. Chairman BMCS, via email, and completed applications should be returned to him at that email address, including “BMCS International Travel Prize 2021” in the subject line.

Contact and Further Information

RSC BMCS Honorary Chairman, Dr Andrew Williams

E-mail: Andrew Williams.