We support the development of the careers of promising young scientists, working in any field of Antarctic science, and from any country. Grants of up to £6000 are awarded to extend the scope of an existing research project, through:
- funding extra field or laboratory work
- purchasing/contributing towards the cost of a key piece of equipment, or
- funding international collaboration or the learning of new skills
Please note that this award is NOT offered to support work on an existing research project. It is intended to support a distinct extension activity, usually arising from previous work. We like to fund novel opportunities or research avenues which are complementary to your existing research. If you are unsure whether your research fits these criteria, please contact us.
Projects can run for up to two years. See our case studies of recent funded projects and three downloadable examples of successful proposals to the Bursary.
Submissions are accepted between 00:00 1st January and 24:00 on Friday 17th March (Greenwich Mean Time).
Applicants whose first language is not English may experience extra difficulties in completing the form. Antarctic Science can assist by providing mentors before the application is made. Please contact us if you would like a mentor at least two weeks before you intend to submit.
Applicants will normally be notified of award outcomes by 1st June.
Grants are given to individuals and managed through their organisations. Applicants normally need to be enrolled in a PhD or employed as an early career researcher, with payment being to an institutional account.
Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world.
Please note that we will only accept one bursary application from an individual in each annual grant round.
Early career researchers are eligible to apply for up to 8 years after their PhD, or within 3 years of attaining a permanent faculty position, up to a total of 8 years post-PhD.
Antarctic Science bursary webinar
On 29th Jan 2021, The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) hosted two webinars with Antarctic Science bursary panel members and previous award winners, followed by a question and answer session. These explain the origins of the bursary and include tips for how to write a successful proposal. You can watch the webinars here.
To help potential applicants for the 2023 bursaries, APECs is holding two webinars on Friday 13th January 2023. Please register if you would like to join one of these webinars at 1500 GMT and 2000 GMT. Both cover the same content, but are presented at different times, so that people from different timezones can join. As in previous years, there will be a question and answer session held after the main presentations.