Overseas Scholarship

Purpose: Overseas Scholarships are to enable workers from other countries the opportunity to work in UK Departments for up to six months. These Scholarships are open to applicants on a worldwide basis.

Eligibility: The BSAC invites applications for Overseas Scholarships on worldwide basis.

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. Candidates will be asked to seek approval of travel costs in advance of any application.

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 and in advance or arrears.

Conditions for Overseas Scholarships: these are open to scholars living outside the United Kingdom and are subject to the usual Terms and Conditions for The BSAC Grants Programme.
The applicant must provide a statement describing how the visit to the UK, and the training, will benefit the scholar and their institution on their return.

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.

Please note: Candidates are required to identify a UK sponsor/host institute. The BSAC cannot, and does not, advise on UK sponsors or institutes as hosts for these scholarships.
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.

How to apply for an Overseas Scholarship: Applicants must complete the application form on this page. The application form must not be altered in any way.

Applicants must submit information in the following order*:

  • A completed application form
  • Additional information as detailed in the application form (must be provided in the precise 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 their return to their own institute (maximum 1x A4 page)
  • A letter of recommendation from the Head of Department at the Overseas Institute (where the person to be sponsored is based full time)
  • Abridged CVs of no more than 2x A4 pages for: 1) The Overseas Scholar and 2) The UK Sponsor/Host (2x A4 pages including 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)
  • Documents must be submitted via the BSAC grants online submission system:
    • The BSAC Grants online submission system will produce a single pdf document of all information uploaded – applicants must check this pdf document to ensure all information is clear and in the order requested. 
    • *Applications not submitted with pages set in the order outlined above will be returned to the applicant for revision. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT/UK time (applications are invited from July 2017 onward).

Award date: By the 31 May 2018.

Final Reports: Successful applicants are required to submit a 500 word written report to the Secretary of the Grants Committee on completion of their project, and to forward details of any publications arising from the work undertaken. Reports should be submitted to The BSAC Grants by email to: grants@bsac.org.uk and using the Report Form at the top of this page.
If you have completed any report relating to this grant to your Institute, this can also be included along with the completed 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
    • include 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 provide any definite or provisional publication dates)
  • Any other outputs arising from the project
    • give 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

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

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