This grant supports the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.


These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.


Our second round of funding for 2021 is now OPEN with a deadline of 17:00 (BST) Friday 10 September.

Training and Travel Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, therefore once all of the funding has been allocated, we are no longer able to accept applications.

If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you should apply to the second round. (Please note that awards may take up to 2 weeks to be processed, therefore events taking place in the first two weeks of July are eligible for application within the first round). 

To Apply

When applications open, register/log in to our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.

Virtual Events and Courses

Applicants can now use these grants to attend a virtual conference/course, to cover registration fees up to £250. In these circumstances, the applicant must provide proof of registration on acceptance, and meet the standard eligibility and criteria as outlined below. If you are unsure that your event meets the BES criteria, contact Siri McDonnell.

Eligibility and Conditions

All applicants are required to:

  • be a BES member.
  • have at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree.
  • use an institutional email address in order to apply. Any exceptions must be discussed in advance of submission with Grants & Events Officer, Siri McDonnell for approval.
  • be a PhD student, postgraduate research assistant (within 3 years of completing relevant degree) or equivalent (Postdoc researchers are therefore not eligible to apply).
  • work or study at a university or research institution (including field centres, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provide research facilities.
  • work in scientific areas within our remit (the science of ecology) and of relevance to the training course or meeting they are applying to attend.
  • give a presentation if attending a meeting.
  • no retrospective claims for funding will be considered.
  • no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants.

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