Awards and Bursaries

Personal Bursaries

NatSCA provides bursaries of up to £100 to members to help cover costs of attending training courses and conferences. Details of conditions and how to apply are available on request. Please contact us at for more information.

Bursary applications are considered throughout the year.

Funding for our 2016 Conference at The Silk Mill & Derby Museum & Art Gallery

NatSCA would like to offer a number of bursaries for members towards the cost of the AGM and conference. There is a limited amount of money and Committee is offering five bursaries of up to £100 each. Please complete the attached form to apply. Only current members may apply.

This sum may be set against your:

  • conference fee
  • travel costs
  • accommodation costs

Re-imbursement will be made against receipts, and delivery of your article for our blog – see conditions below. We hope this allows for variable institutional practices in paying for conferences – some places will pay fees but not expenses, others the opposite.

  • Only members of the Natural Science Collections Association can apply for a bursary.
  • All successful applicants must provide a write up for the NatSCA blog before the bursary can be paid before the bursary can be paid. The topic of the blog post can be discussed with the Editor.
  • Travel costs to be agreed with the Bursary Committee at the earliest possible date.
  • International applications will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.

ALL bursaries are given at the discretion of the Committee and require proof of payment.

All applications for conference bursaries must be sent to the Bursary Committee by the 31st March. Successful applicants will be notified within a week after the deadline.

To apply, please download and complete the Bursary Application Form and return to

The Bill Pettit Award

Since 2011 the Bill Pettit Award has been made available to NatSCA members to support projects including the conservation, access, and use of natural science collections.

Applications for the Bill Pettit Memorial Award are now closed and applications being considered.

Please contact us at for more information.

You can read about the activities of our 2012 Bill Pettit Memorial Award winner, Dr Heleen Plaisier of St. Andrews University, here and one of our 2013 award recipients on our blog.