The Cambridge Philosophical Society has a fund for the award of studentships or grants for research in the natural sciences or any branch of technology or mathematics. The purpose of these awards is to provide for the continuation of an exceptionally promising piece of research beyond the usual standard of the PhD or alternatively to allow extra time for the completion of a PhD thesis which has been delayed by circumstances outside the applicant's control. Awards will be tenable for a period not exceeding three months. The level of demand for awards is such that it is unlikely that more than £750 (equivalent to one month’s support) will be awarded other than in exceptional cases. The Society cannot make any contributions towards fees, travelling expenses, etc. Applicants who have previously received a Research Studentship award from the Cambridge Philosophical Society are not eligible to apply for further awards.
The Society will not expect to contribute to over-run expenses in cases where it should have been clear from the outset that the project would require more time than was covered by the duration of the main funding. Similarly, the Society will not ordinarily cover costs associated with delays arising from a planned move of a department or laboratory: these costs should be factored in by the relevant department during the planning process, and covered by them. The Society’s Studentships are only meant to apply to cases of objective misfortune that could not have been predicted, or to fund extensions to promising research work beyond what was originally envisaged when the project was set up. It is the responsibility of applicants and their referees to provide the necessary assurance of compliance with this policy, otherwise the application will be rejected.
Applicants for awards must be Fellows of the Philosophical Society of at least one year's standing at the closing date for applications. They must be Registered Graduate Students of the University, though in exceptional circumstances this latter condition may be waived. In making awards the Society will have regard to the specific piece of research proposed, to the proven ability of the applicant, and to the other sources of funds for which the applicant may be eligible. Applicants should describe the aims of their research and report on progress to date including a full explanation for any delays that have occurred.
The remit of the Philosophical Society is ‘to promote research in all branches of science and to encourage the communication of the results of scientific research’. If there is any doubt whether your field of work qualifies under this rubric, for example if your departmental affiliation is not necessarily scientific (e.g. Geography, Education, Archaeology or the Judge Business School), your statement must demonstrate that your particular research project counts as “science”and you must ensure that your referees reinforce this.
Each applicant should ensure that their application is supported by written statements from their supervisor and one other referee which should be sent IN CONFIDENCE to the Executive Secretary at the Society's office to arrive no later than the closing date. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all references are received by the closing date. Applications that are not fully supported by the closing date will not be considered.
Applications for awards must reach the Executive Secretary of the Society by 31 MARCH or 30 SEPTEMBER. Successful applicants will receive their award after application to the Treasurer of the Society and they will be required to furnish a report of the work carried out during the tenure of the award.
Applicants should also seek other possible sources of funds, including their College and Department.
The Society will consider applications from Fellows for a limited number of grants for travel within and outside the United Kingdom to attend conferences and visit laboratories. The recipient of a Travel Grant must have been a Fellow of the Society for at least one year previous to the closing date for applications. The closing dates for applications are 1 November, 1 February, 1 May and 1 July for travel.
Applicants are required to attach a brief statement of the relevance of the proposed travel to their research. The remit of the Philosophical Society is ‘to promote research in all branches of science and to encourage the communication of the results of scientific research’. If there is any doubt whether your field of work qualifies under this rubric, for example if your departmental affiliation is not necessarily scientific (e.g. Geography, Education, Archaeology or the Judge Business School), your statement must demonstrate that your particular research project counts as “science”and you must ensure that your supporting referee reinforces this.
Applicants must ensure that a letter of support is sent to the Society's office by the closing date. In the case of a Graduate Student the supporting letter should come from the Supervisor. Letters of support may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org direct from the Supervisor’s own email.
Application forms, may be submitted in paper form or electronically
Ensure that your application is submitted before you travel
Make full enquiries about the availability of air or rail tickets at low cost, to ensure that the estimated travel expenses given in the application form are the lowest that are possible
Notify the Society’s office as soon as the result of any other application for funding is known
The Society is unlikely to be able to meet the full costs of travel and grants are usually between £50 and £350
Preference will be given to applications where the Fellow will be undertaking research activity, or presenting their work at a conference, rather than simply attending a meeting
Travel Grants will not normally be considered for fieldwork. The funded trip should be additional to the core requirements of the research project: funding to cover the core requirements should have been factored in from the inception. Such funding is the responsibility of the supervisor, funding agency and student, not of an external party like the Society. In the case of any application for travel that might appear to fall under this restriction, it is essential that both the applicant and the referee provide a clear and explicit justification. In the absence of this information, such applications will be rejected.
Preference will be given to graduate students and early career post-doctorates
Application forms should be returned to the email address above, or to:
The Executive Secretary, Cambridge Philosophical Society, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
All documents must be received at the Society’s office by the closing date