Overseas Scholarship

Purpose: Overseas Scholarships are to enable workers from other countries the opportunity to work in the United Kingdom (UK) for up to six months.

Eligibility: These Scholarships are open to applicants on a worldwide basis.
Individuals already living, working or researching in the UK are not eligible to apply.
Individuals
 who have already received any training outside of their own country are also not eligible to apply.

Value: Successful candidates will be paid a grant of £1,250 per calendar month for a maximum of 6 months.
The host institution will receive a consumables grant of £600 per calendar month for the duration of the scholarship.
The Society will reimburse the cost of return air fares and travel via the most economical route (applicants must seek approval for all travel costs within their application form).

Number awarded: The BSAC typically awards 1- 2 Overseas Scholarships each year. Applications are considered by the BSAC Grants Committee in May each year.

Conditions for Overseas Scholarships: These are open to scholars living outside the UK and are subject to the usual Terms and Conditions for the BSAC Grants Programme. Applicants must provide a statement describing how the visit to the UK, and the training, will benefit them and their institution upon return to their country.
Individuals already living, working, or researching in the UK are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already received any training outside of their own country are also not eligible to apply.

NOTE: Candidates are required to identify a UK sponsor/Host Institute (the BSAC cannot, and does not, offer advice on this). The BSAC does not arrange flights, accommodation, visas, insurances or any other required documentation for scholars (this is the sole responsibility of the scholar and/or sponsor).

The Application Process: Applications received in this category are subject to a three-step review process as follows: 1) a peer review process by the BSAC Grants Committee,  2) a triage process, and 3) a final review by the BSAC Grants Committee*. The triage process (step 2) is to assess the eligibility of all applicants & research topics, applications not successful at this stage will be rejected and applicants notified directly. *The final review (step 3) takes place at the BSAC Grants Committee meeting, held in May of each year. Applicants through to this stage of the process are notified of a final decision by the 31 May each year. 

Making An Application for A BSAC Overseas Scholarship: Applicants must complete the relevant application form as follows:

  1. The application form must not be altered in any way
  2. Documents must be submitted via the BSAC grants online submission system:
    • The online submission system will produce a single pdf document of all information uploaded – applicants must check the pdf document generated within the system to ensure all information is correct and in the exact order requested in point 3 below
    • Applications not submitted with pages set in the order outlined in point 3 below will be returned to the applicant for revision
    • Applications submitted by email will not be accepted
  3. Applicants must submit all information in the exact order below:
    • A completed application form (available on the top of this page)
    • Additional information as detailed in the application form ( in the exact order below):

Description of the project (maximum 2x A4 pages), including:

  • Title to project
  • Introductory background
  • Hypotheses to be tested
  • Plan of investigation
  • Clear outline of the training the scholar will receive
    • A statement describing how the training and visit to the UK will benefit the scholar and their institution upon return to their country (maximum 1x A4 page)
    • A letter of recommendation from the Head of Department at the Overseas Institute (where the visiting scholar is based full time)
    • Abridged CVs of no more than 2x A4 pages for: 1) The Overseas Scholar and 2) The UK Sponsor (including any recent publications by the sponsor)
    • A signed copy of the BSAC Terms & Conditions form (before making an application applicants are advised to read all Terms and Conditions and Standard Operating Procedures found at: BSAC T&Cs/SOPS)

Application Deadline: 28 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT/UK time. Submissions applications are invited from January 2018.

Award date: By the 31 May 2018. Applications are considered by the BSAC Grants Committee in May each year. Scholarships are taken up the same year in which they are awarded.

Declaration / Co-Funding: The BSAC does not currently offer co-funding of grants. When applying for any BSAC grant, all applicants must declare if they have sought, or if they intend to seek, any financial support outside of BSAC for the same grant. The BSAC must be informed of any grants awarded outside of BSAC funding and the application withdrawn immediately.

Reviewer Feedback to Grant Applicants: The BSAC only offers feedback for those applications that are peer-reviewed by external reviewers (Research, Education & PhD Studentship applications).

Written Reports: Successful applicants are required to submit a written report on completion of their project, using the BSAC report form at the top of this page. The report form should be submitted to BSAC Grants via email at: grants@bsac.org.uk.
Applicants who have already completed a report to their Institute for this grant can also include this with the completed BSAC report form.

Reports should include the following information based on your project:

  • A summary of the aims and objectives of the project
  • Broad findings or conclusions (maximum 2x A4 pages)
  • Any publications arising from the project
    • a list of any publications arising from the research carried out
    • provide details of any articles which have been accepted, or are planned for publication within the next 24 months as a result of this award (please also provide any definite or provisional publication dates)
  • Any other outputs arising from the project
    • provide details of any other way in which the results of the research has been or will be disseminated i.e. oral and / or poster presentations at conferences

Payment / Claiming Funds: Payment will be made directly to the host institution, who will administer the grant on behalf of the applicant. Payment is made upon receipt of an official invoice from the Secretary/Finance Officer of the Institution where the applicant is based. Funds can be claimed in total (in advance or in arrears)

Correspondence: All correspondence, including submission of final reports, should be sent via email to: grants@bsac.org.uk

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