Travelling Fellowships

Applicants should be working in the field of the journal to which they apply and plan to visit another laboratory. Each application will be judged on the excellence of the candidate, as well as the importance and innovative quality of the work to be done.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before completing and submitting your application.

Note: We are unable to pay awards to recipients in jurisdictions, countries or regions of the world subject to sanctions, embargoes or other political trade restrictions put in place by the United Nations, the EU or the UK.

Guidelines for completing the application form:

  • Only one person per laboratory may apply for funding, per funding round, per journal
  • Applications are strictly limited to one journal only, per round of funding, per person
  • The date of travel must occur within six months of funding being awarded
  • Applications will not be considered retrospectively
  • We do not provide funds to attend training courses
  • Applications will be considered from early career scientists, which includes graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
  • The application form and all supporting documents must be completed in English
  • Travelling Fellowships can only be awarded once every two years from any of our journals per applicant
  • Expenses include travel, subsistence, accommodation, visa fees and bench fees. Travel insurance costs are not to be included in the expenses
  • Please attach the following documents to your application:
    • Letter of status from your Head of Department. (Note: If your Head of Department is also your Supervisor, two letters should be written, one in each capacity.)
    • Letter of support from your Supervisor
    • Letter of support from your host laboratory (Note: All letters of support must be in English, on headed paper and signed.)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Publication list
  • If possible, please put your application and documents onto one single PDF file
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the criteria required for a Travelling Fellowship
  • Incomplete applications will be returned

Conditions of the Travelling Fellowship

  1. If your application is successful, you will be required to sign our Travelling Fellowship Agreement.
  2. You may only apply to one journal. Please ensure that the chosen journal is the most relevant to your field of study.
  3. You must email tf@biologists.com to confirm that you have received your payment.
  4. If for any reason you do not carry out your collaborative visit or it is delayed beyond six months of the award, please email tf@biologists.com. Please also arrange for the Travelling Fellowship funds to be returned, in full.
  5. Any unspent funds must be returned within one month of the end of the visit.
  6. You must provide a 250–500 word summary of the results obtained from your visit, within three months, for publication on our website.
  7. You must keep all of the receipts related to your visit and send to the Charity Administrator within one month of completion of your visit. Email them to tf@biologists.com, or send originals to Charity Administrator, The Company of Biologists, Bidder Building, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LF, UK.

Deadline dates & FAQs

Deadline dates for applications
  • 28 February 2017 (for travel after 10 April )
  • 31 May 2017 (for travel after 10 July)
  • 31 August 2017 (for travel after 16 October)
  • 30 November 2017 (for travel after 12 January 2018)

Please submit your application in plenty of time as it can take up to six weeks to reach a decision from the deadline date.

If you are successful, our Accounts Department will contact you, to arrange direct transfer of the award monies to your personal bank account.

Would you like the original receipts mailed to you or can I scan them and send you copies electronically?

It is fine to scan and email them, we do not need the original receipts.

If I am awarded a Travelling Fellowship, will I get the funding before I go on my visit?

Yes, we pay the funds directly into your personal bank account once the award has been granted.

I assume any amount of money that I can’t explain with receipts will have to be returned?

Yes, we do require evidence for every expense incurred and paid.

Do supporting letters have to be signed?

Yes, all supporting letters must be on headed paper with a signature. They can then be scanned, submitted with your completed application form, then emailed to tf@biologists.com.

What information needs to be included in the Letter of Status from my Head of Department?

The Letter of Status must include who you are, describe the work you are doing and how long you have been at that institution.

Is it acceptable to complete the application with estimated costs for expenses as I don’t know the exact costs at this stage?

Yes, that is acceptable, as you will be required to provide evidence of expenditure and return unspent funds.

Can my Supervisor send you his/her letter directly?

No, we would prefer the application letter and all supporting documents to be emailed together, either as one document or as separate attachments.

Can I apply for a Travelling Fellowship even if I have already begun the project before the deadline? 

No, we do not award funds to collaborations that have already commenced before the decision date and this can be up to six weeks after the deadline date.

Will I have an answer about the result of my application even if it is negative? 

Yes, you will be notified even if your application is unsuccessful.

Can I send my application by email or do you want me to send a hard copy in the post?

Email is fine, we do not require a hard copy in the post as well.

If my Supervisor and Head of Department are the same person, do I need to include two letters?

Yes, we will still require two letters, one in each capacity.

DMM Conference Travel Grants

Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) offers Conference Travel Grants of up to £600 (or currency equivalent) to early career scientists wanting to attend meetings and courses relating to the areas of research covered by the journal. We also welcome applications from independent group leaders and PIs with no independent funding.

Travelling Fellowships

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

Tracing the evolution of trafficking

Eukaryotic cells traffic vesicles and cargo through a system of organelles, which allows them to carrying out processes such as endocytosis and exocytosis. Lael Barlow from the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Alberta, Canada, studies the evolution of proteins involved in membrane trafficking, including components of Adaptor and SNARE protein complexes. His bioinformatics work suggests differences in how membrane trafficking occurs in single-celled eukaryotes compared with animals and fungi. …


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.

Visit our journal websites

Development Journal of Cell Science The Journal of Experimental Biology Disease Models & Mechanisms Biology Open

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