Guidelines for application:

  • Maximum funding is set at £400 within the home country and at £600 for meetings overseas.
  • The amount given depends on demand and may provide only a portion of the requested funding.
  • Applicants who are presenting talks or displaying posters might be looked on more favourably than those who are not.
  • DMM does not fund applications made retrospectively, so please submit your application in good time.
  • DMM reserves the right to reject applications to attend conferences or workshops that it considers to be possibly ‘predatory’ in design. We strongly encourage applicants to judge the legitimacy and credentials of conferences to help decide whether or not to attend. The Think.Check.Attend  initiative might be useful in this regard.
  • The date of travel must occur within six months of funding being awarded.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may not submit a new application within 12 months of their initial application.
  • Applicants should not have received other funding from The Company of Biologists in the past 12 months.
  • Funding of multiple applications from the same lab or department will be limited.



Guidelines for completing the application:

  • The application and all supporting documents must be completed in English.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the criteria required for a grant.
  • Expenses include travel, subsistence, accommodation and visa fees. Travel insurance costs are not to be included in the expenses.

Please upload the following documents to your application (note: all letters of support must be in English, on headed paper and signed).

  • For PhD students and post-doctoral researchers: a supporting letter from your supervisor confirming your status.
  • For independent group leaders and PIs: a supporting letter from your Head of Department confirming that no independent funding is available to attend meetings and courses.
  • A short justification for your proposal outlining why you should be awarded the grant.
  • A copy of any abstract submitted to the meeting or conference for which funding is requested.
  • Curriculum Vitae.


Travelling Fellowships

Read the experiences of some previous Development applicants, posted on The Node.

Collaboration spawns new findings

The research project of PhD student Filomena Caccavale at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, Italy, has focussed on the role of nitric oxide (NO) during embryonic and larval development of the cephalochordate Branchiostoma lanceolatum (amphioxus). …


You can find more stories from Travelling Fellowship recipients on our stories page.

About Grants

The Company of Biologists uses the surplus it generates for the benefit of biology and the biological community by providing funding to organisers of meetings, workshops, conferences and summer schools in the fields covered by our journals.


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