Nutrition Society Travel Grants

Application deadline: APPLY for a travel grant by 30 April 2017.  

Travel Grants are available to Society members who can least afford to travel to scientific meetings and conferences around the world. Travel Grants are reserved for any members of the Society who are undergraduates doing their first degree, Msc or PhD students or those in the early stages of their careers i.e. within 10 years of higher degree graduation.  Part of our remit is to support nutritionists and nutrition scientists to share their ideas and research, present their work to new audiences and make new connections with their peers around the world.

Read below to find out more.  If you have any queries, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact us.

Application Criteria 

Travel Grants are available to members to help pay for travel when actively participating in an event or conference e.g. you have been invited to speak or will be presenting an abstract, poster or OC. An application can also be made in cases where members are not presenting, but feel that attending a particular conference will enhance their learning or career prospects. 

Applicants must have been members of the Nutrition Society for two consecutive years and must still be members when applying for the grant and when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a travel grant in the last three years. Those who have applied for travel grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again. Our decision to award a travel grant is discretionary.

How to apply 

Applications must be made using the 2017 application form

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • Proof of the applicant’s registration or acceptance to present/speak at the chosen event/conference. 
  • A personal statement of no more than 300 words which outlines how the applicant believes they or their career will benefit from having attended the chosen conference or event and how they intend to spend the travel grant.

Once the application has attended the conference/event, they will need to provide:

  • A short (300 word max) account of the event and photographs if possible which can be used for a blog or newsletter feature.
  • Receipts for travel, event registration, hotel, etc.

We will pay the Travel Grant once these items have been received.

Queries 

If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why have the Nutrition Society decided to make changes?

The Nutrition Society has been awarding travel grants for the last 12 years and 284 applicants have benefited from over £100,000. However the processes for administering the grants has now been streamlined and the opportunities created for more members than ever before to be able to have a grant.

Why is the travel grant now only available to students or early career members?

It was felt that awarding grants to the least well-funded members was a genuine and worthy way of supporting the careers of those members just starting out.

Why have two deadlines been introduced?

The lack of a deadline previously, has meant the grants went on a first come first served basis, rather than taking into consideration the impact on an applicant’s future career.

Why are there now different rates for travel to different countries?

Previously there was no cap based on geography, but introducing one and limiting funding for different travel options will allow more members to be able to benefit from the funding.

How much funding will I receive?

Amounts which can be applied for will vary to enable more applicants to benefit from a travel grant, please see below for exact amounts.

Applicants based in UK/Ireland attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £150
European travel £250
International travel £450

Applicants based in Europe attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £250
European travel £150
International travel £450

Applicants based Internationally attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £450
European travel £450
International travel £450

When do I need to apply?

There are now two deadlines for applications, namely 30 April 2017 and 31 October 2017. You can apply in whichever period precedes your attendance at the conference/event.

How do I make an application?

Please fill in the application form, on the current 2017 form and return it via email (to membership@nutritionsociety.org) with the subject heading TRAVEL GRANT and your name. A personal statement of no more than 300 words, proof of your registration for the event and a supporting statement from your supervisor if applicable.

How long will I have to wait for a decision?

After the closing date of each wave, eligibility will be checked and the awards panel will make their decisions. Candidates will be notified within 3-4 weeks of the closing date for applications.

When will the grant be paid?

The grant will be paid after your attendance at the event/conference once we have received copies of your receipts and your report on the meeting/event. Any grants not claimed by the time of the next deadline will not be paid.

What do I need to do after my attendance at the event/conference?

Send your receipts for travel, registration and accommodation etc. via email along with a short account (300 word max) of the event, what you have learnt and how it will benefit your future career with photos if possible. We will then use these to promote the grants and your success to other students.

Am I eligible to apply for a travel grant?

Applicants must have been members of the Nutrition Society for two consecutive years and must still be members when applying for the grant and when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a travel grant in the last three years. Those who have applied for travel grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again.