Grants and Bursaries

General Travel Grants - Korner Fund

Funding of up to £2,000 is available to support student and early career members working within the UK or Republic of Ireland to make collaborative visits to overseas laboratories.

The University of Sussex have generously donated their Korner Travelling Fellowship Fund to join our grants portfolio. This fund was originally set up to commemorate the life and work of Professor Asher Korner (1929-1971), the first Professor of Biochemistry in the University of Sussex. The remaining funds will now be offered as an extension to our General Travel Grant scheme.

This scheme is now open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Early Career members who are working within the UK or Republic of Ireland to make collaborative visits to overseas laboratories. Funding of up to £2,000 will be available to contribute towards travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.  

Next deadline

1 September 2023 for visits after 1 October

To be eligible to apply: 

  • Applicants need to have been a member for at least 12 months prior to the deadline on the closing date of the round applied to. If you are not a member, join today. Members that have joined as multiyear members are eligible to apply for a General Travel Grant - Korner Fund after six months of membership has elapsed. 
  • Applicants must not have received one of the following Society grants in the two years before the closing date of the round applied to: General Travel Grants, International Sponsored Places or Travel Award for Skills and Knowledge. 
  • Applicants need to provide a summary of the intended work to be undertaken during the visit. 

Applications will be assessed according to three main criteria: 

1. Benefit to career gained from attendance 

Applicants should try to include answers to the following key points in their application: 

  • How will attending this lab visit further your career? Give details of whether the aim is to form collaborations or further knowledge in an area that is not currently being pursued. 
  • Are there any other achievements and/or outputs that are relevant? 

2. Financial need for support 

This refers to the applicants current funding available for travel. Key points that should be incorporated in the application include: 

  • Details of the applicants provision for travel in their research grant or PhD programme. 
  • Why funds are being sort from the Society and why the level of support is being requested. 
  • The applicant is encouraged to apply for other funding to help attend the conference and give details of this so that the committee may see that the applicant will be able to attend if only partial support is provided by the General Travel Grant fund. 

3. Letter of Support from Supervisor or Head of Department and Host Lab  

A strong letter of support will demonstrate the following: 

  • Case for financial need and the justification for the amount requested. 
  • Promise of the applicant 
  • What the benefit of attending this lab visit would be to the applicants career. 

Applications are considered three times a year, the deadlines for which are: 

  • 1 March for visits after 1 April 
  • 1 June for visits after 1 July
  • 1 September for visits after 1 October 

Please note we aim to send round the outcome of applications three to four weeks after the deadline of the round that has been applied to.

Contact us

For further information please get in touch with the Grants department.


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