Society Conference Grants
Funds are available to eligible members to support their attendance at the Annual Conference or one other Society meeting per year.
In 2019, 384 members received funding to attend a range of Society events, including support for caring costs.
Maximum award: Annual Conference: £250; Focused Meetings: £500
Deadlines: dependent on events – see below
Eligible membership categories: Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members
Minimum membership: no minimum membership period required
Applications for Society Conference Grants to support member attendance at 2021 events will open in the new year. Further details about the scheme will be made available at this time.
Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to [email protected].
Delegates who are ineligible for Conference attendance support but whom are eligible for support for caring costs may apply separately for a caring cost grant by contacting the Grants Office.
Applicants may also use this grant scheme to apply for support for their caring needs.
Please read all information on this page carefully and ensure you have read and agreed to the grants terms and conditions before submitting an application.
- What is covered by the grant?
- Application process
- Award criteria
- Administration of awards
Postgraduate Student Members resident in the UK or Ireland who are presenting work.
Full Concessionary Members resident in the UK or Ireland may apply; if working in a research capacity e.g. a postdoctoral researcher, an abstract should be presented at the Conference/Event.
Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Members who are presenting but are not resident in the UK or Ireland should apply to the Travel Grant scheme for support.
Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members who wish to apply for childcare, caring or other similar costs. If ineligible for a Society Conference Grant, eligible members may apply separately for a caring cost grant by contacting the Grants Office.
Awards are made on the basis that funds are sought from as many avenues as are available to the applicants and therefore are intended as a contribution to the costs of attendance.
Set awards will be made, dependent on distance from conference venue, and membership category.
Members living less than one hour from the Conference venue by public transport will receive up to £125 (Postgraduate Student Members) or £145 (Full Concessionary Members).
Members living more than one hour from the Conference venue by public transport will receive up to £240 (Postgraduate Student Members) or £250 (Full Concessionary Members).
Applicants who require support for childcare or caring costs may also apply for an additional sum of up to £500. If ineligible for Society Conference Grant support (i.e. if a Full Member or a member who is not presenting), members may apply separately for a caring cost grant through Mi Society.
Other Focused Meetings
Eligible members may apply for up to £300 to support their attendance at a range of other Society Focused Meetings. Applicants who require support for childcare or caring costs may also apply for an additional sum of up to £500. If ineligible for Society Conference Grant support (i.e. if a Full Member or a member who is not presenting), members may apply separately for a caring cost grant by contacting the Grants Office.
Applications should be made online via Mi Society. All required supplementary material should be provided at the point of application. Full expected costs of attendance should be given in the appropriate part of the application.
Deadlines for applications for support to attend Society meetings:
- Candida and Candidiasis 2021: tbc
- Anaerobe 2021: tbc
- British Yeast Group 2021: tbc
- Avian Infectious Diseases 2021: tbc
Applications will be considered by the Society’s Professional Development team against the following criteria:
- Applicant fulfils the stated eligibility criteria;
- Applicant’s (excluding retired or technician applicants) abstract has been accepted by the meeting organisers;
- Retired applicants only: clearly justify how attending the event will benefit early career delegates;
- Attendance of the event is a clear and stated benefit to the applicants’ professional development;
- The supporting statement acknowledges the applicant’s career stage and the necessity of attendance for their career development.
Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application within two weeks of the closing date.
Applicants will be notified of an awarded grant via email. The grant award will also be displayed on the Mi Society account under ‘Grant History’.
To claim a grant, successful applicants should log into Mi Society, and enter the award amount in the grant claim form. No receipts are required for Society Conference Grants.
Awarded funds will be paid to the applicant’s nominated account by bank transfer within one month of an award claim being made.
Grant recipients are responsible for their own conference registration, accommodation and travel bookings.