Nature of Bursaries

The purpose of the bursaries is to give experience of research to undergraduate students to explore the potential of becoming a researcher and to encourage them to consider a career in rheology. Two such awards will be granted in 2022. The bursaries provide support for the student at a rate of £200 per week for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks if full time. Applications from students wishing to work part – time will also be considered. The awards will be transferred to the successful applicant’s Institution; it is the responsibility of the applicants to inform their respective administrative departments of the award.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 25th February 2022. Successful candidates will be informed by end of March.


Students may only take up the bursary during the summer vacation between the intermediate years i.e. students must have completed their second year of their undergraduate degree. Students in the final year of their degree intending to undertake a taught Master’s degree immediately following their undergraduate degree may apply. Applications on behalf of first-year undergraduate students will not be considered.
Researchers in rheology at universities and research laboratories in industry within the UK are eligible to apply. A supervisor may support no more than one student application. Priority will be given to projects supervised by postdoctoral researchers or early career academic staff. Students will normally be expected to be on track for a first-class or upper second-class degree in order to be considered. Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree.
Supervisors and students do not necessarily have to be based at the same institution, however we expect that they will work together at the same institution for the duration of the project and have regular meaningful personal contact (an average of 1 hour per week meeting in person is the minimum expected). Bursaries will only be granted for the student named on the application form; awards are not transferable between students.

How to apply

The application form below should be completed by the student and submitted by the above deadline. A bonus payment of £100 will be made on receipt of a report (word format) suitable for publication in the Bulletin of the Society.

In providing a summary of the research you will undertake for a non- expert audience, you must provide a synopsis of the research problem, its context, significance and its potential impact. You may mention how the work will fill in existing gaps in literature.(Max 300 words)

In explaining your reasons for applying for this undergraduate research opportunity, please explain what motivates you to undertake this placement and how will it shape or help you in your future studies and career aspirations. In your answer you may include relevant scientific interests, courses you have taken or planning to take and what inspired you to undertake research as an undergraduate. (Max 300 words)

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