Conference grants and bursaries for the annual RSS International Conference

Applications are now closed for the RSS 2016 Conference

The Society offers a number of grants and bursaries in connection with the annual RSS International Conference as follows:

RSS Conference Grants

Any current fellow is eligible to apply, however the scheme is aimed primarily at assisting young statisticians or research students and those fellows from countries classified as economically developing areas (EDAs) who would not otherwise be able to attend. These grants will usually be expected to help cover the costs incurred for accommodation and registration fees. The maximum amount per grant is normally £250.

Applicants are asked to state clearly the purpose of their attendance at the conference and the activities/sessions they expect to participate in, as well as setting out the costs involved in attending.

Applications will be considered on their individual merits by the honorary officer for meetings and conferences, who will consider making exceptions for special cases among those not in the category of young or student statisticians, or fellows from economically developing areas (EDAs).

In allocating grant awards priority will always be given to those who have not previously (or recently) been awarded a Society conference grant and/or who have had their abstract accepted for presentation at the conference.

J H West bursaries

The Society is also able to offer a maximum of four J H West bursaries of £500 each to fellows from economically developing areas (EDAs) to assist with travel costs to the conference.

The bursary will only be awarded to those who have had talks or posters accepted for presentation and who have demonstrated clear plans to further their statistical development while at the conference. 

Priority will be given to career-young statisticians (defined as those under the age of 30 or who are in the first seven years of statistics-based careers) and to those who have not previously received a bursary.

Cathie Marsh bursary

The Cathie Marsh memorial bursary was launched in 1994 by the Social Statistics section in memory of Cathie Marsh who chaired the section from 1990 to 1992. The aim of the bursary is to encourage young statisticians or social scientists in empirical enquiry and those using quantitative methods through attendance at the conference.

The scheme is open to Society Fellows who are at an early stage in their careers and for whom a bursary award would allow attendance, which would not otherwise be possible.

Applications will be considered on their individual merits by a subcommittee of the Social Statistics Section. One bursary award of a maximum of £200 is available to put towards the costs of attending.

Please note it is not possible to receive both a Society grant and the Cathie Marsh bursary for attendance at the same conference.


Applications must be made using the official application form – please use a separate form if you are applying for more than one grant or bursary.  

Conference grants application form

Condition of awards

All grant and bursary awards are made provisionally and will only be confirmed when a completed registration with full payment has been received and processed.

Payment of the grant or bursary will be by bank transfer and this will only be authorised once the recipient has registered in person at the conference.