THE 2016 SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS.
The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.
The awards provide support for the student at a rate of £180 per week (or £190 per week in London), for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks. The London Mathematical Society does not pay overheads and does not offer research expenses except in exceptional circumstances. The bursaries produce no National Insurance contribution liability.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Thursday 4 February 2016.
Change to Scheme for 2016
Please note the following change to the Scheme for 2016: Departments are asked to provide match-funding for half of the grant awarded. Departments offering match-funding will be able to receive funding for up to 4 half-funded Bursaries. Departments not willing to provide match-funding will only be able to receive funding for up to 2 Bursaries.
- Students may only take up the award during the summer vacation between the intermediate years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their undergraduate degree. Students in the final year of their degree intending to undertake a taught Masters degree immediately following their undergraduate degree may apply. Applications on behalf of first-year undergraduates will not be considered.
- Researchers in Mathematics at universities and research institutions within the UK are eligible to apply. Interdisciplinary projects will be considered providing the project has significant mathematical content.
- Postdoctoral researchers and new lecturers, early in their careers are also encouraged to apply, and should note this on the application form.
- Only one application should be submitted by a supervisor.
- Departments are asked to provide match-funding for half of the grant awarded (for example, for a 6 week grant at £180 per week, departments will be asked to contribute £540 and the Society will contribute £540). Departments offering match-funding will be able to receive funding for up to 4 half-funded Bursaries. Departments not willing to provide match-funding will only be able to receive funding for up to 2 Bursaries. Please bear in mind that this is a national scheme with a limited number of bursaries.
- Mature students are eligible to apply, but must not have a previous degree in any subject.
- Students will normally be expected to be on track for a first class degree in order to be considered.
- Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree.
- Supervisors and students do not necessarily have to be based at the same institution, however we expect that they will work together at the same institution for the duration of the project and have regular meaningful personal contact (an average of 1 hour per week meeting in person is the minimum expected).
- Bursaries will not be awarded for projects that are a part of degree work, or that take place overseas for more than 50% of the project time.
- Bursaries will only be granted for the student named on the application form; awards are not transferable between students.
How to apply
Before applying for a research bursary, you should check that the conditions of award and reporting requirements are acceptable to you, to the nominated student and to the institution that will be administering the grant.