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Travel Awards for BSHG Members

As part of its role as a charitable organisation, the British Society for Genetic Medicine will support the travel costs for members who wish to attend International meetings and conferences. This is subject to them meeting the assessment criteria for these awards.

Support under this scheme is available to BSGM members who were elected to the Society at least twelve months before the closing date for applications, and who are in good standing with their annual subscriptions. UK based members are not eligible for travel awards within the UK. However members based outside the UK can be considered for an award for a meeting within the UK including attendance at the British Genetic Medicine Conference.   

Maximum awards are currently as follows: £250 Europe, £450 Rest of World, at the discretion of the panel.

To be considered for an award, members must have an abstract accepted for the meeting.

Travel awards are specially intended to support young investigators; therefore applicants should be younger than 35 years of age at the time of application.


The BSGM Travel Awards Panel meets four times a year, and in making awards considers the scientific value of the applications received, and also looks favourably on younger scientists. It should be noted that awards made under this scheme are not intended to cover the full cost of the proposed activity. In addition, members may not apply for an award if they have received an award within a three year period.

The deadlines for applications are:

  • 1 January  (midday) 
  • 1 April  (midday) 
  • 1 July  (midday) 
  • 1 October  (midday) 

The panel will prioritise and issue awards on scientific merit, also taking into account the juniority of the applicant. A condition of the Travel Awards is that applicants are required to submit a brief report (350 words maximum) on the activities carried out with the support of the Award. This should be submitted to Mrs Dina Kotecha (bshg@bshg.org.uk) within 1 month of the end of the visit.

Please note that, although the BSGM endeavours to ensure that travel awards are awarded to as many applicants as possible, there will be occasions where applications are unsuccessful.

An application will generally require:
  • A completed application form
  • A copy of the abstract being submitted to the meeting in question 

Travel Award forms may be obtained from the BSGM or can be downloaded in the following formats: PDF here. Word Doc here

Please make sure you use the latest version of the travel awards application form, as it is subject to periodic updates.

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