1. Introduction

The Sir Eric Rideal Trust annually offers financial assistance to promising research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences or to visit relevant research institutions.

Applications for travel bursaries are invited from scientists in the early stages of their career, typically this will be between two and ten years of commencing PhD studies.

Preference will normally be given to those wishing to travel outside their country of residence, especially if they wish to work in a laboratory abroad. Awards of up to £500 will be made, on a competitive basis, to assist with travel, subsistence or conference registration fees.

Payment of the Award will be made only on receipt of a report on the conference or visit and will be treated as part-reimbursement of expenditure. Receipts as proof of travel will also be required.

There are two deadlines:
  • 15 April (for travel between 1 June - 31 December) and
  • 15 October (for travel between 1 December - 30 June).
Bursary recipients are selected shortly after the closing dates, and applicants are notified of the results within a month of the closing date. Valid applications must be accompanied by two reference letters, which must be submitted to awards@soci.org.

Applicants must be a standard or student member of SCI, or a member of RSC. Please note that Rideal travel bursaries are not available SCI e-members, or those who are not a member of either society.

To allow you prepare your responses prior to completing the online application form, you can download a sample application form here.


To submit your application you must complete the online application form. Applications submitted in any other way will not be valid.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact awards@soci.org.

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