Early Career Conference Bursary Scheme

This Bursary is available to support members of the society, who are UK early career psychologists, to attend (physically or virtually) any academic conference, either in the UK or internationally, relevant to their work.

For the purposes of the bursary scheme, we define an early career psychologist as a person who is within eight years of completion of their doctoral degree or practitioner doctorate in psychology.


Each bursary consists of up to £250 (UK) or £500 (international) to contribute towards the costs of registration and travel to attend the full conference.

Funding is not available for accommodation costs.


This is a biannual scheme, with deadlines usually in April and October each year. 

You can only submit one bursary application per round. 

2024 April Applications

  • Scheme open date: 05 February 2024
  • Scheme close date: 07 April 2024

2024 October Applications

  • Scheme open date: 19 August 2024
  • Scheme close date: 06 October 2024

Application criteria

Please note: application criteria and eligibility are subject to change.

Any changes will be applied when the scheme is open to application.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • have a paper or poster, as either sole or multiple author, accepted or submitted as part of the programme for the conference

  • be meeting the majority of the cost of attending the conference yourself and you must not be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a research grant

  • have booked, and be intending to attend, all or most of the conference, not just the presentation in which you are personally involved

  • be at least a Graduate Member of the society to apply

Further information

Please read the following information before submitting your application.

Bursaries can only be offered to early career psychologists employed at a HEI, or employed as a practitioner psychologist, in the United Kingdom.

You must include:

  • an abstract of your poster/paper with the application, along with official confirmation that you have submitted it to the Conference (applications will not be considered without this)
  • documentary confirmation of acceptance of the paper/poster and evidence of conference registration at the time of application if the paper is already accepted
  • a clear explanation of the relevance of the conference to your area of research/teaching or practice within the application
  • full details of how you intend to meet any costs above the level of funding available, in order for us to consider the application

In addition, your Head of Department or Line Manager (as appropriate) must indicate their support where indicated in the application form.

How to apply

Please follow the link below to access and complete the application form.

All applications are anonymously assessed to discourage unconscious bias.

Please provide a redacted copy of your CV and abstract, ensuring that all personal information is excluded, such as date of birth and contact details, and any other identifiable details.

Submit an application

Contact the Awards and Grants team at [email protected] with any questions and queries.

Please note: we cannot accept late applications.