Travelling Fellowships

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Travelling Fellowships

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on nationality.

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.

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 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 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, or send originals to Charity Administrator, The Company of Biologists, Bidder Building, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LF, UK.

Deadline dates for applications

  • 30th November, 2017 ( for travel after 22nd January, 2018 )
  • 23rd February, 2018 ( for travel after 9th April, 2018 )
  • 25th May, 2018 ( for travel after 9th July, 2018 )
  • 31st August, 2018 ( for travel after 15th October, 2018 )
  • 30th November, 2018 ( for travel after 14th January, 2019 )

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

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.