Bursaries: Developing Country Participation Grant

ISEC 2018 is committed to encouraging participation by scientists from countries where resources to support international conference attendance is inadequate or non-existent.  We have therefore created a Developing Country Participation Grant, which will help fund participation by a small number of scientists from these countries.


Applicants must be working scientists who are nationals and who operate in a developing country (as defined by the Population Division of the UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs – see bottom of page for list).  Students are not eligible.  Successful applicants must present a talk or poster at the conference – at the time of application they must have submitted an abstract; this abstract must be accepted before funding is awarded.

What the grant covers

Grant funding will cover, at most: cost of transportation (ground and air) from home to St Andrews and registration cost of the conference including the banquet.  It does not cover the cost of accommodation or subsistence, or of any excursion (for those on a very tight budget, inexpensive self-catering accommodation is available at http://www.hostelsstandrews.com/).  Funding is awarded according to need – please give a costing in your application.  For successful candidates, flights must be booked through our university-approved travel agent.  Other expenses will be reimbursed upon completion of the appropriate paperwork – receipts will be required for all claims.

Application procedure

Applicants must have submitted a talk or poster abstract before application.  To apply, please email the following material to the chair of the grant committee, Len Thomas (len.thomas@st-andrews.ac.uk):

  • A short document, outlining your work and your need for a grant. Please include a costing for your travel, and state clearly what other sources of funding you have applied for or been granted to help fund attendance.  Please include a statement to confirm that you are a national of and also work in an eligible country.
  • A CV

Applications must be received by 15th January 2018.  Those who are successful will be notified by 16th February 2018.

Grant award criteria

Very limited funding is available, and so applications will be judged on a competitive basis.  Awards will be ranked according to: (1) scientific quality of abstract; (2) need; (3) ability to obtain partial funding from alternative sources.  We include the 3rd criterion because we will be able to fund more participants if they can obtain some funding from other sources.

Eligible countries

Participants from all countries except the following are eligible:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, China-Hong Kong SAR, China-Macao SAR, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela.