Scholarships, grants and bursaries
Travel Grants from the Institute
Andrew Carnegie Research Fund & Metals and Metallurgy Trust
Small grants from the Andrew Carnegie Research Fund and the Metals and Metallurgy Trust are available to help younger members of the Institute with the expense involved in travelling long distances to conferences, normally outside their country of residence.
Applications are only considered from IOM3 members and the age limit is usually 35.
Please note you can only apply to one fund per calendar year, i.e. The Carnegie Research Fund OR The Metals and Metallurgy Trust
Members are expected to present a paper at the conference orally/written
Preference is given to those applicants presenting papers at conferences either organised by the Institute or with which the Institute’s name is associated.
Download Andrew Carnegie Research Fund application form (MS Word or PDF) - The fund is now closed for 2017
Mining and Minerals Scholarships and Bursaries
The Institute awards a number of scholarships and bursaries in the minerals and mining disciplines, as detailed below. Preference for these is given to Institute members, and for the Centenary Scholarship, Student Membership of the Institute is a requirement.
The Institute judges the applications received for each award in respect of academic excellence and scholarship. The application must therefore specify academic ability. Candidates merely seeking assistance for financial hardship will not be considered.
Applicants for these awards must ensure that the particular fund from which support is being sought is relevant to their field(s) of interest. Applications not in accordance with the specified terms and conditions of the various funds, those which are received after the closing date each year, and those for which the appropriate levels of support have not been received by that date, will not be accepted for consideration.
The closing date for applications for the following is 21 April 2017.
Bosworth Smith Trust Fund
Approximately £5,000 is available for grants from the Fund for the assistance of postgraduate research in metal mining, nonferrous extraction metallurgy or mineral dressing. Applications will be considered for grants towards working expenses, the cost of visits to mines and plants in connection with such research, and purchase of apparatus.
The annual Scholarship (value £500/annum), which is restricted to first or second year undergraduates in student membership of the Institute, will be awarded for projects, visits, etc in furtherance of the recipient's career development in the fields of minerals and mining.
Edgar Pam Fellowship
The Fellowship is awarded for postgraduate study in subjects within the fields of minerals and mining. Those eligible for the award are young graduates, domiciled in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK, who wish to undertake advanced study or research in the UK. The maximum value of the Fellowship, which is tenable for one year, is £2,000.
G Vernon Hobson Bequest
The Bequest was established for the 'advancement of teaching and practice of geology as applied to mining'. One or more awards may therefore be made for travel, research or other objects in accordance with these terms (up to a value of £1,300).
Mining Club Award
The Award is offered to British subjects between the ages of 21 and 35 who are actively engaged (in full- or part-time postgraduate study or in employment) in the minerals industry, as defined by the Institute, for travel purposes - for example, to study mineral industry operations in the UK or overseas, to present a paper at an international minerals industry conference or to assist the applicant in attending a full-time course of study related to the minerals industry outside the UK - or for any other similar purpose that may be regarded as being within the spirit of the Award (value of up to £1,500).
Stanley Elmore Fellowship Fund
Stanley Elmore Fellowships are tenable at a UK university for research into all branches of extractive metallurgy and mineral processing and, in special cases, for expenditure related to such research (normally two scholarships of up to £14,000 may be funded for any one year).
The Tom Seaman Travelling Scholarship
The Scholarship is awarded annually to a member, not older than 35 years, who is training or has been trained for a career in mining and/or related technologies. The scholarship shall be to assist the study for an aspect of engineering in the minerals industry, with the intention of advancing the associated standards or techniques. Nomination is via an application and possible subsequent interview (value of up to £5,500).
Download application form (MS Word 26k) (applies to all of the above)
Please clearly mark the application form with the Award(s) for which you are applying.
Application forms may be returned by email to email@example.com or in hard copy to:
Dr Graham Woodrow, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, The Boilerhouse, Springfield Business Park, Caunt Road, Grantham NG31 7FZ
Tel: +44(0)1476 513886, Fax: +44(0)1476 513899
Letters from supporters must be original documents.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation is complete and returned by 21 April 2017.
Grants and bursaries from other bodies
Ceramic Bursary Awards
The Pottery Mechanics Institute (PMI) Trust has created three annual bursary awards for students of ceramics. An undergraduate, postgraduate and industrial award are available, each worth in the region of £2,000 in travel bursaries. The undergraduate award is open to all students studying ceramics wholly or as part of a course in materials science and technology.
The postgraduate award is open to all those working in ceramic science or technology who are under 35 years of age.
The industrial award is open to anyone aged under 35 years employed in the ceramic manufacturing industry.
For further information please contact Barry Lye, Chairman of the PMI Trust and Past President of IOM3
EPSRC Research Grants
Information about EPSRC research grants can be accessed online through the EPSRC web site. You can view information about recently announced grants, grants in progress and completed projects by person, topic or institution. You can also monitor the progress of your own grant application within the EPSRC consideration process.
"The objective of the Panasonic Trust is to encourage and support the professional development and retraining of engineers in the UK. It achieves this objective by providing funding for individuals to study courses which are designed to develop or update their knowledge and skills in new or emerging technologies and the various fields of engineering, manufacturing, materials science, environmental technology and IT."
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowships
The Fellowships offer UK citizens of all ages and from all walks of life the chance to undertake study projects overseas related to their trade, craft or profession. One hundred awards are given annually in a variety of categories, which include Science & Technology, Conservation and the Environment (including Sustainable Development) and Europe, a wide-ranging category aimed at encouraging projects within mainland Europe.
For further information, either visit the Trust's website or contact:
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 15 Queen's Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PR
Tel: 020 7584 9315, Fax: 020 7581 0410, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toshiba Research Fellowship
Toshiba, in association with the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), offers outstanding European scientists the opportunity to join one of its high-technology research teams in Japan for up to two years. During the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to work with Japanese researchers in Toshiba's research laboratories (where the working language is English). They are also encouraged to gain maximum benefit from opportunities to become familiar with Japanese industry and culture. For full details and a list of research subjects see www.toshiba.co.uk/fellowship
Robert Blair Fellowship in Applied Science and Technology
The Robert Blair Fellowship provides a bursary for those undertaking advanced study or research overseas. Candidates must be British citizens of at least 21 years of age.
Further information and application forms for the current Fellowship are available on the City of London website or in hard copy from:
Head of Adult & Community Learning (Robert Blair Fellowship), City of London, PO Box 270 London, EC2P 2EJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 3946
British Science Association Media Fellowships
See the media from the inside. During a 4-8 week summer placement with a print, broadcast or online news media organisation, the British Science Association Media Fellowships offer professional scientists and engineers first-hand experience of how the media works.
Further details are available from the BSA website.
Royal Academy of Engineering grants and awards
The RAEng provides a number of awards and fellowships for professional development. Full details can be found on the RAEng website.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. To get the latest information about programme deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF website.
Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) Awards
Nominations for the following awards should be submitted according to the guidelines set out at the FEMS website.