Society Conference Grants

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

Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to or by phone +44(0)20 7685 2698.

Applications for support to attend 2017 Society conferences have now closed. Applications for support to attend the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018 will open in December 2017.

Applicants may also use this grant scheme to apply for support for their caring needs.

Please read all information on this page carefully before submitting an application:


Postgraduate Student Members who are attending their first Society Conference or who are presenting work.

Full Concessionary Members who are postdoctoral researchers presenting work.

Full Concessionary Members who are working as technicians in microbiology laboratories who can give justification for how attendance will benefit their professional development.

Full Concessionary retired members, whose membership has not lapsed since the date of their change of status from Full (or Ordinary) membership, and who can give justification for how their attendance will benefit early-career delegates (for example, through mentoring) at the event.

Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members who wish to apply for childcare, caring or other similar costs.

What is covered by the grant?

Award amount is dependent on distance from conference venue, number of days attending, and need for accommodation. Applicants may also request the cost of conference registration. A maximum award amount will be set for each event taking into consideration these costs. Applicants will receive less than the maximum amount if, for example, they are not attending all days of the event or they live within a one hour commute of the event venue.

Applicants who require support for childcare or caring costs may also apply for an additional sum of up to £500.

Maximum awards available are:

  • £500 for four days' attendance at the Annual Conference 2017
  • £300 for attendance at Society Focused Meetings

Terms and conditions

Eligible members may apply for a grant to support attendance at one Society event per year. This may be the Annual Conference, a Focused Meeting or a training event. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Society and the decision is final.

The support of the Society shoul be acknowledged in any presentation. A logo will be supplied for this purpose. Grant recipients are required to complete the post-event evaluation survey.

Grant recipients who do not register or do not attend the proposed event for the number of days indicated on their application will have their award reduced accordingly and if funds have been paid will be required to repay the excess funds. Recipients are advised to arrange appropriate insurance where applicable.

By accepting a grant, recipients give their approval for the Society to use this and related information in publicity and marketing communications.

Application process

Applications must be made on the form available on this page and submitted at least one month in advance of the activity. Applications should be submitted by email, giving the grant name in the subject line.

Full expected costs of attendance should be given.

Administration of awards

Grants payments will be made by bank transfer within one month of the offer being made using the details provided at application. Errors in details provided may result in delayed payment of the award.

Grant recipients are responsible for their own conference registration, accommodation and travel bookings.