Bursaries


Water Science Forum Bursaries


The Royal Society of Chemistry Water Science Forum offers a limited number of bursaries each year to post graduate students or professional water scientists to help support career development.

The Alan Tetlow Memorial Bursary

The Alan Tetlow Memorial Bursary aims to help encourage early career chemists (during the first 10 years of their career) and those returning to work after a career break to develop their professional career. Awards of up to £2,000 per year are available.

John Alan Tetlow, who died, aged 70, in February 2005, was one of the founder members of the RSC Water Chemistry Forum (now the Water Science Forum). Alan retired as a Regional Manager in the then National Rivers Authority and devoted many years of his life to improving the quality of the water environment in England and Wales. Most importantly he helped to raise the profile of the water chemist within both the RSC and the water industry. The Alan Tetlow Memorial Bursary commemorates Alan’s work and the importance of water chemistry.

Members can apply for financial assistance to advance their career in relation to the following activities, to:

  • Attend conferences for the purpose of presenting a poster or paper
  • Attend research meetings (including young researcher meetings)
  • Visit UK or international laboratories
  • Complete training courses; and
  • Assist in research relating to water science projects in general           

Please note that activities are not restricted to those above only. However, the activity needs to contain a high proportion of water related chemical science which contributes to water sustainability (environment, economic, social) and have an identifiable practical application. In order to provide maximum benefit to as many members as possible, the bursary is restricted to one successful application per member. Applicants have to be members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and preferably members of the Water Science Forum.

The value of each bursary will be not more than 50% of the agreed cost and will be awarded subject to satisfactory receipts. Please note 25% of any award will be withheld pending satisfactory completion of a report or article for the Newsletter and/or presentation to a Committee Meeting. All requests for financial support are considered on their merits. Therefore, it is vital that the application form contains sufficient detail for the Committee to make an informed assessment on the degree of water related chemical science involved. The applicant also needs to identify how their project is likely to further the Water Science Forum’s aims and objectives.

The Water Science Bursary

This bursary is to support Royal Society of Chemistry members undertaking water science research at any stage of their career. In particular, applications are encouraged from members aiming to achieve Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) or Registered Scientist (RSci) status.
 
The Water Science Bursary is awarded to researchers engaged in projects that involve application of chemical sciences in the management of the water cycle, and the impact these activities have on the environment. Awards of up to £2,000 per year are available in relation to the following activities:
 

  • Continuing professional development research analysis activities for RSciTech or RSci awards
  • MSc thesis projects
  • Short sabbatical periods to complete relevant research
  • Assistance in Water Science research projects       

Please note that activities are not restricted to the examples above, so please feel able to submit an application for an alternative activity for consideration. Please note though, that any activity needs to contain a high proportion of water related chemical science which contributes to water sustainability (environment, economic, social) and have an identifiable practical application.

Applicants have to be members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and preferably members of the Water Science Forum. The funds are available to assist members at any point in their career.

MSc students, or students on other career development routes, including those who have no formal higher qualifications (e.g. degree or HND), and those wishing to obtain RSciTech or RSci qualifications, are encouraged to apply.

All requests for financial support are considered on their merits. Therefore, it is vital that the application form contains sufficient detail for the Bursaries Assessment Committee to make an informed assessment. Please note 25% of any award will be withheld pending satisfactory completion of a report or article for the Newsletter and/or presentation to a Committee Meeting. The committee members are Dr Helen Keenan, Mr Simon Gillespie and Dr Ian Barnabas. The applicant also needs to clearly identify how their work is likely to further the Water Science Forum’s aims and objectives. The committee's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How to apply

Applications should be made on the appropriate form (attached below) and submitted to the Honorary Secretary of Water Science Forum either electronically or care of Burlington House.  Each application is then reviewed by the Water Science Forum Committee, which meets in January, May, and October. Application deadlines are 31st March, 31st August and 30th November.

Successful applicants should note that any payments made in advance will go to the organising body, and not to the individual.  As a condition of the bursary successful applicants are required to submit a completed appraisal assessment form to provide feedback to the Committee on the benefits obtained from the bursary. The Committee may accept an alternative presentation if costs of attending the meeting are prohibitive.


Downloadable Files

Alan Tetlow Bursary Application Form
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Water Science Award Bursary Application Form
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Contact and Further Information

Picture of Dr Roger Wellings CChem FRSC

Dr Roger Wellings CChem FRSC
Honorary Secretary
Water Science Forum, c/o The Networks Team, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF