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All grants & prizes

The Microbiology Society is a not-for-profit organisation. Funds received though our publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology in accordance with our Aims & Objectives. As such, the Society has funds at its disposal from which it makes grants to members for specific purposes.

The Society also awards a range of prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in microbiology.

All available grants and prizes are listed below. You can select a category that you are interested in from the tabs above or use the filter to choose the category that is most applicable to you.

Please consult the full rules and check your eligibility before applying for a grant. Details and application forms may be obtained by clicking on the appropriate grant or by contacting our Grants Office. All applications should be submitted to the Grants Office unless otherwise stated.


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  1. Marjory Stephenson Prize Lecture

    Awarded annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the discipline of microbiology.

  2. Microbiology in Schools Fund

    This grant has now been discontinued from 1 November 2016.

  3. Microbiology in Society Award

    Awards of up to £5,000 for organising any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology are available to Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members.

  4. Microbiology Outreach Prize

    The Prize is awarded by the Professional Development Committee to a microbiologist who has engaged in high-quality outreach activities during the last 2–5 years.

  5. Peter Wildy Prize Lecture

    Awarded annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education and/or communication in order to stimulate interest and understanding in the subject. This may include university teaching or education of the general public, school students or professional groups and is without restriction on the area of microbiology in which the award is made.

  6. Prize Medal

    Awarded annually to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in his or her field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology.

  7. Research Visit Grants

    The Society offers grants of up to £3,000 to support members who are planning a short (one- to three-month) research visit to another laboratory. This scheme supports innovative projects within established collaborations and the development of new collaborative initiatives.

  8. Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

    The Microbiology Society awards a prize to a Member presenting a poster or offered paper at the Society's Annual Conference or Irish Division meeting.

  9. Society Conference Grants

    Funds are available to eligible members to support their attendance at the Annual Conference or one other Society meeting per year.

  10. Society-Supported Conference Grants

    Awards of up to £2,000 are available to members who wish to organise a conference in any field of microbiology, either independently or in partnership with another Society.

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