Travel Grants

These grants are intended mainly to support attendance at scientific meetings that relate directly to the applicant's research interests, and where they will be presenting their original work. Grants may also be awarded to support research visits to laboratories or clinical departments, where exceptional training opportunities are not available in the home institution. The grant contributes to costs incurred by clinical and non-clinical neurologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and others for overseas visits or attendance at scientific meetings. It is restricted to those in doctoral and post doctoral training (whether clinically qualified or not) and for work undertaken while based in the United Kingdom. A maximum of three separate awards may be available to each applicant, with not more than one award in any 12 month period.

The awards are not intended to support student electives, undergraduate projects or MSc students. Support will not normally be given where the applicant is supported by a Fellowship or grant funding that already provides travel costs; nor for research visits that form part of an ongoing grant-supported collaboration. The awards are not intended to support taught training courses.

If a travel grant is awarded then a single payment is made. The outcome of applications is typically notified by email, 6 weeks ahead of travel. A hard copy confirmation of the award and cheque is then sent by post. It is your responsibility to ensure that the address you provide is correct and sufficiently detailed to receive a cheque. As a guideline, we generally provide up to up to £400 for UK meetings, up to £600 for European meetings outside of the UK, and up to £800 for meetings further afield, depending on the destination. Application must be initiated on this website at least 9 weeks before the planned meeting and fully submitted at least 8 weeks before the meeting date. Do not attempt to subvert these rules by misrepresentation of the dates of travel or the dates of a meeting.

The following data are required by the application process:-

  1. Full completion and submission of the online application form. A short list of the information required can be seen as a pop up here. More detailed guidance is available during the application process. It is not necessary to complete the application form and document upload at one sitting as you can return to it until content that you response is complete.
  2. Upload a copy of the submitted abstract [Scanned image in jpg and png format OR Acrobat pdf file]. Final approval of a grant to attend a scientific meeting requires evidence that the abstract has been accepted. This can be uploaded at the same time as the abstract, if the abstract has been accepted before 8 weeks ahead of the meeting. For travel to laboratories, upload the letter of invitation from the host department.
  3. Upload of a brief CV (Degrees, Institutions, Dates, Postgraduate Education)
  4. Upload a supporting statement from your Head of Department. Note that the letter must be from the Head of Department or Director of the institute in which you work, not your PhD supervisor or lecturer or Head of the institution to which you are traveling.

If an application is successful a short report (equivalent to one side of A4 paper) must be uploaded (image or pdf) within three months of the meeting/visit, countersigned by their sponsor and confirming that the grant was required in full for travel or refunding un-spent amounts to Brain, in order for the applicant to be eligible to apply for future Brain travel grants.

Post Doctoral Fellowships and Brain Entry Fellowships

These fellowships provides salary support for up to one year to early career academic clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The Entry Fellowship is intended to provide transitional funding at entry from the early specialist training grades, prior to obtaining a research training fellowship (ie. prior to a PhD). The Post Doctorial Fellowship may be undertaken on completion of a higher degree and while waiting for an SpR post (replacing the former Brain Exit scholarship), or at a later stage in training but before completion of the CCT. In exceptional circumstances, the Guarantors of Brain may appoint a candidate at the end of their neurology (or related specialty) training who wishes to undertake a further period of research.

Funding consists of full time salary (including superannuation, etc.) on the Specialty Registrar scale according to age and experience, up to a maximum of £60K (including NI and superannuation). Up to four new fellowships will be awarded following advertisement and interview. Only basic salary support is provided.

Applicants for the Brain Entry Fellowships must be eligible for, or engaged in, specialty higher specialist training in Neurology or a related specialty in the UK (including MRCP or equivalent). The candidate must be able to demonstrate the intention to have a career in clinical neurology or related specialties, plus the intention and aptitude to secure a definitive training post, research fellowship or lectureship in clinical neurology or related specialties in the UK.

Informal contact with the Secretary and Treasurer should be made in the first instance to discuss an application and timing. Following awards made in September 2015, we anticipate new awards to be made mid-2016.

Salary Support for Trainee Neurologists in Basic Neuroscience

This scheme is intended to support talented young clinicians intending to pursue a career in neurology or related specialties who wish to combine clinical training with research. In the event that an aspiring neurologist wishes to work in a post carrying a non-clinical research salary in a relevant area of neuroscience, they may apply for support to make up the difference between a non-clinical and clinical salary, for up to three years.

These are training Bursaries of up to 3 years duration. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, in parallel with Entry and Post Doctoral Fellowships. Priority will be given to candidates with long-term academic ambitions.

Applicants must be eligible for or engaged in Neurology higher specialist training in the UK (including MRCP or equivalent). The candidate must be able to demonstrate the intention to have a career in clinical neurology or related specialties, plus the intention to secure a definitive training post, research fellowship or lectureship in clinical neurology or related specialties in the UK.

Informal contact with the Secretary and Treasurer should be made in the first instance to discuss.

Visiting Lecturer Bursary Scheme

This scheme allows international or British scientists of repute to visit clinical departments or laboratories in the United Kingdom to share information, techniques and experiences. The Guarantors of Brain have made available up to two bursaries per annum. Bursaries will be awarded annually in competition to the host department. Visiting Lecturers are expected to spend five working days participating in daily activities of the host laboratory or department and in giving informal seminars as well as a ‘Brain Lecture’ to which outsiders will be invited.

These are training bursaries with a duration of up to 6 months. Each Bursary will include an economy class return airfare, the cost of lodging for six nights and an honorarium of £1000 (max £5K).

Lectureships and the ‘Brain Lectures’ will be announced in the Journal and it is hoped that other laboratories will also avail themselves of the expertise of the Visiting Lecturer, outside the five working days spent in the host laboratory. The successful host laboratories will be responsible for practical arrangements of the visit and will be required to submit a short report on completion.

Applications will be considered every March and November at Brain Board of Management meetings, and the deadline for applications are February 20th and September 20th respectively. The application should consist of a brief CV (no more than two pages) of the proposed Visiting Lecturer and an outline of the programme.

Support for short meetings & conferences

The Guarantors provide support for small meetings and conferences that allow trainee neurologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists to meet and interact with visiting scholars of international repute. Priority is given to events which are focused on or strongly involve trainees, and it is unlikely that support will be awarded for small local meetings where attendance is restricted to individuals within a single hospital or University. Recurrent funding for an ongoing annual meeting is not prioritised, and the Guarantors prefer to provide 'seed' money to enable an event or educational conference to be initiated. Funds awarded will be in the range £500 - £3,000

Applications will be considered every March and October at Brain Board of Management meetings, and the deadline for applications are usually in February and September respectively; please contact the Treasurer for exact timings, Professor James Rowe There is no specific form for applications, which should consist of a brief covering letter outlining the goals of the conference or meeting; a draft programme including details of speakers; an outline budget including details of other sources of funding; and a short outline of how the conference will benefit trainees.

Newsom-Davis Visiting Fellowships

Up to two short term fellowships will be awarded each year to clinicians from Eastern Europe (in former Warsaw pact countries) and countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (on the OECD's List of ODA Recipients). The fellowships are intended for clinicians who wish to spend one to three months in a UK Clinical Neurology department. These Fellowships have been established in memory of the late Professor John Newsom-Davis, a former editor of Brain, through the generous support of friends and colleagues.

The awards will provide a maximum of £1500 per month to support travel and living costs. The award must be administered by the host department, who also undertake to manage any issues related to employment law and visa requirements.

The visit can be to obtain further clinical or laboratory experience.

Applicants should send their CV and a two page summary of the aims of the visit, with details of costs to be incurred, and signed letters of recommendation from their current Head of Department and from the Head of Department of the host institution in the UK.

There are two deadlines every year; February 20th and September 20th. Applications should be submitted in advance of this deadline to the Secretary & Treasurer

Informal enquiries to Professor James Rowe