A limited number of travel bursaries of up to £250 will be available to support selected attendees of RSE2017. The bursaries can be used to cover the costs of travel to Manchester, and the costs of hotels. Note that travel bursaries cannot be used to pay the conference registration (£150). Travel bursaries will be paid retrospectively after the end of the conference, after receipt of a correctly completed expense claim form including original receipts, and confirmation that you attended both days of the conference. The expense claim form will be available to collect on the second day from 3pm onwards at the registration table.

More information, including terms and conditions on claiming back money

As we only have a very limited number, travel bursaries will be awarded based on the following criteria;

  • Widening participation – we wish to ensure that RSE2017 has a diverse range of attendees from across different backgrounds, skill levels, career backgrounds etc. We will therefore prioritise travel bursaries for applicants that come from under-represented backgrounds and who find it difficult or challenging to access travel money (e.g. because they don’t have access to research funding).
  • Encouraging interaction – we would like attendees of RSE2017 to share knowledge and expertise, e.g. via active participation in workshops, enthusiastic engagement with tutorials, by presenting excellent talks and posters and by fully networking and engaging with other attendees, with UKRSE and sponsors.

Travel bursaries will be made available in two batches: bursaries for presenters and bursaries for attendees.

Bursaries for presenters

Anyone submitting an application to present at RSE2017 will be eligible to apply for a travel bursary. On the call documents as part of the submission there is a tick box to say whether you wish to apply for a bursary, and then a text box to explain your reasons for applying. Please fill in this box, bearing in mind the selection criteria listed above. Applicants must submit a completed talk, poster, workshop or tutorial application by the early submission deadline (April 7th) and will be notified of the outcome on April 13th. This will give time for you to find alternative travel money or withdraw or modify your submission before the full submission deadline on April 28th. Note that the bursary will be awarded pending the successful award of the talk, poster, workshop or tutorial submission.

Bursaries for attendees

A general call for travel bursaries will be launched on May 8th before opening of registration of RSE2017. This will be a simple call, which will be judged using the criteria above. Successful applicants will be notified before opening of registration on May 31st, and successful applicants must register for RSE2017 before July 1st. If you want to be notified when the travel bursary call opens, please sign up for conference notifications.