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BSGCT Travel Bursary Award for ECRs

Travel Bursary Award for Early Career Researchers



To provide funding to allow academic Early Career Researchers (ECRs, defined as PhD students through to any non-tenured academic) to present at major national/international meetings in the Gene & Cell Therapy space.  The priority will be to support presentations where the ECR has no travel funds available to support their attendance via their scholarship or funding grant, but in exceptional circumstances this may be used to extend existing available funding.



BSGCT will run three calls per annum. In each call up to 4 awards may be made up to a maximum value of £500 per award. No more than 10 awards will be made annually.

*If the application is to attend the BSGCT annual conference, the registration fee will be covered by the BSGCT and the corresponding amount would be reduced from the award.


The cycles will run:


Round 1: January - April – awards made in MAY for conferences JUNE-SEPTEMBER Inclusive


Round 2: May - August – awards will be made in SEPTEMBER for conferences in OCTOBER - JANUARY inclusive.


Round 3: September - December – awards will be made in JANUARY for conferences in FEBRUARY - MAY inclusive.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be ECRs based at UK academic institutions.

  • Applicants must have been paid up members of BSGCT for a minimum of two years (i.e. must have paid a minimum of two consecutive memberships and be an active member at the time of application) prior to making their application.

  • Successful applicants who are awarded a BSGCT Travel Bursary Award may not reapply for a period of three years. Applicants must be submitting their work for presentation at the conference they are applying for funds to attend. BSGCT will require evidence of the presentation in the form of a published abstract.

  • Successful applicants are required to acknowledge support from BSGCT (in the form of the BSGCT logo in their talk acknowledgements slide/on their poster).

  • Successful applicants are required to provide a short blog article (between 500-700 words) about the conference for BSGCT within one month of their conference.


Awarding decisions:

The BSGCT board will review the applications and select the awardees. The board decisions will be final.

Completed application forms should be sent by email to with "Travel Grant Application 2024" in the subject heading.

Application form can be downloaded below.

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