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Grants and awards

The Adelphi Genetics Forum offers small grants up to £1,000 to help meet the cost of conferences or workshops relevant to the Forum’s aims. Ideally the organisers should be able to demonstrate the advantages of the grant for enabling students or young academics to attend. Grants are usually given to smaller conferences without major sponsors and with a link to the United Kingdom.


Conferences/workshops grants

We offer up to ten grants each year with a strong preference for conferences that could not take place without the Institute’s sponsorship. A grant will be subject to the following conditions:


• You don’t have to be a member of the Forum to apply, but if successful you will have to join before receiving the grant.

• There are two deadlines for grant submissions, March 1st and September 1st.  Decisions about funding will be taken within 2-3 weeks of these  

  deadlines. 

• The Forum’s sponsorship of the conference will be mentioned on all conference literature, including any web page relating to the conference 

  (which should provide a link to the Forum’s web site) 

• A representative of the Forum will be entitled to attend the conference and be given a five-minute slot to say a few words about the Forum’s 

  work (we do not usually take up this entitlement). 

• A brief report of the conference (500 to 1000 words) will be provided within 28 days of the meeting for the Adelphi Review (the Forum's 

  attendee may be willing to produce this, but otherwise the organiser will have to do so).  

• Funding will be limited to reimbursement of actual expenditure on items such as room hire, travelling expenses, promotion, printing of 

  conference materials, etc.

• Since this is a small UK-based charity, the conferences should be on topics relevant to the Forum’s aims and, in general, if taking place 

  outside the UK (e.g. a European mainland meeting or beyond) should have partnerships with, or organisers/speakers from the UK.


Applications for grants should be sent to the General Secretary and should include the following information:


• Brief CV of organiser (no more than one side of A4)

• Outline of conference programme

• Approximate date 

• Venue (ie: which city and institution)

• Estimated costs and details of any other funding sources for the conference

• Expected number of attendees

Although it is possible to reapply for funding in subsequent years, recurrent grants (e.g. for regular meetings) will not be given automatically and grant applications will always be competitive.


We would not expect the application to exceed two A4 sides (excluding organiser’s CV) and we would prefer electronic submission (Word or pdf file) to facilitate onward circulation. Please email your application to the General Secretary


Grants Previously Awarded for Conferences/Workshops

This scheme has provided funding for the following conferences:


Special Interest Meeting in Autobiographical Memory and Psychopathology held at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge on    5 – 6 December, 2019.

Facing the Future – Challenges and Perspectives of Life Sciences in the 21st Century held by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory PhD      

  Students on 28 – 30 November, 2019.

British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference held 9-11 September, 2019 at Cardiff University.

Genetic Alliance UK Annual Conference held on 15 October, 2019 at Amnesty International in London.

42nd Research Students’ conference in Probability and Statistics held at the University of Exeter on 18 – 21 June, 2019.

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference held 23-26 April, 2019 in Toulouse, France.

Evolution Evolving conference held at Churchill College, Cambridge on 2-4 April, 2019.

Game Changers, PhD symposium held by European Molecular Biology Laboratory on 22-24 November, 2018 in Heidelberg.

Fisher Memorial Trust meeting to celebrate the Centennial of R.A. Fisher’s 1918 Paper The correlation between relatives on the supposition of    

  Mendelian inheritance, held 9 October, 2018 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.  See programme here and videos of the lectures on     

  our Past Events page here.

Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies International conference, held 24-26 September, 2018 at the University of Warsaw.

Genetic Alliance UK Annual Conference 2018, held 25 September, 2018 at Amnesty International, London.

11th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics, held 19 September, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference 2018, held 10-12 September, 2018 at the University of Winchester.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, held 4-7 July, 2018 at University of Amsterdam.

Mapping Morality in Global Health, held 26-27 June 2018 at The University of Cambridge.

Young Social Learning Researchers Annual Workshop, held 21-22 June 2018 at University of St Andrews.

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held April 2018 at University of Pécs.

Bridging the Gaps – Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences, held 19-21 October, 2017 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, 

  Heidelberg.

Paediatric Rare Disease Study Day, held in the Autumn of 2017 at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience.

British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, held 6-8 September, 2017 at Liverpool University.

10th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics, held August 2017, Cairo.

Research Student Conference in Probability and Statistics, held in July, 2017 at the University of Sheffield.

Urban Health Transformations Workshop, held 11-12 July, 2017 in Cambridge.

Genetics and Genomics for the Third Generation held by Wales Gene Park in Cardiff in June, 2017 and Wrexham in November, 2017.

Sharing Best Practice Gen-Equip Workshop, held 5 May, 2017 in London.

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held 6-8 April, 2017 in Paris.

New Directions in the Evolutionary Social Sciences conference held December 2016 in Cambridge.

Life by Numb3rs: Towards Quantitative Biology, European Molecular Biology Laboratory symposium held November, 2016 in Heidelberg.

Third Polish Society for Human and Evolutionary Studies 2016 Conference, held 28-30 September, 2016 at Nicolaus Copernicus University,  

  Poland.

Population and Ethics: Interdisciplinary perspectives on birth and death, held 27-28 September, 2016 in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.

Genetic Alliance UK Annual Conference 2016, held 27 September, 2016 at Amnesty International in the City of London.

Human Evolution in Structured Populations, held 3 September 2016 at the University of Oxford.

9th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics, held May 2016 in Dakar.

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held 5-8 April, 2016 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical 

  Medicine.

• Sponsorship of Medsin Global Health Conference held at University College London November 2015.

Just by Chance: Randomness and Variability Shaping Biology symposium October 2015 held by European Molecular Biology Laboratory 

  Hamburg, PhD Group.

British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held 7-9 September, 2015 at the University of Leeds.

• One–day workshop on Fertility preferences in Asia to be held at the Asian Population Association’s Annual conference in Kuala Lumpur in July,    2015.

Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Current debates, 28 March, 2015, University of Helsinki (satellite meeting in EHBEA conference).

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held March, 2015 in Helsinki.


The Adelphi Genetics Forum also offers grants up to £15,000 p.a. from the Forum’s Artemis Trust for projects relating to fertility choices or reproductive and sexual health. Usually only one grant is current at any time. 


Grants from the Artemis Trust

Full details and application form can be found here.   We are currently committed to a project with CHASE Africa to improve access to family planning services in marginalised rural communities in Kenya.



Further to these grants, the Adelphi Genetics Forum provides Junior Travel Scholarship support of £500 towards each of three travel bursaries for suitable PhD students every year; these are co-sponsored by the Genetics Society who also organise and administer them.

Junior Scientist Travel Fellowships

Bursaries (each being £1,000 in total) are awarded, on a competitive basis, to outstanding students working towards a PhD on a topic relevant to the aims of the Forum, in order to allow them to attend appropriate conferences. Recipients will be required to write a short report on the conference for publication in the Adelphi Review


Details and application form can be found on the Genetics Society website.


In 2016 the Adelphi Genetics Forum introduced a Postdoctoral Travel Grant available to outstanding postdoctoral researchers working in the field of genetics.


Post Doctoral Travel Grant

The travel grant (one per year) will be available to outstanding postdoctoral researchers, normally within 6 years of receiving a doctoral degree, working in the field of genetics.


The fellowship aims to support visits to carry out research into aspects of human inheritance in laboratories abroad ‘to enrich the research experience and help develop the scientific career of the Fellow’. The duration of the Fellowship needs to be well justified in relation to the time needed to do the proposed work. Requests for up to 6 months will be considered if well justified. Applications will also be considered for attendance at advanced, intensive, high quality laboratory-based courses, e.g.: at Cold Spring Harbor, Woods Hole and similar centres. The grant will not fund attendance at other types of scientific conference or meeting.


Funding will be up to £6,000. (90% of the money will be given at the start of the fellowship, with 10% withheld until a written report of 750 words is received on return to the UK. This report will be published in the Adelphi Review).


Each application has to demonstrate

• Originality

• Feasibility

• Track record


and include


• Letters of support from head of department and Supervisor

• Letter of support from head of host lab


The grant will be aimed primarily at postdocs who want to learn a new technique not available in their current lab. It is a requirement that the applicant returns to the UK lab for a minimum of 6 months at the end of the fellowship, so continuing funding must be in place in the UK to cover this.


The fellowship will cover flight and living expenses but not lab consumables which need to be met through other sources. The money also will not cover conferences during this period.


Application will be reviewed by a special Adelphi Genetics Forum subcommittee.


A short report must be submitted to the Adelphi Genetics Forum at the end of the fellowship.


Application form can be found here.


The Adelphi Genetics Forum also occasionally awards prizes for the best essays written by A-level students on a topic chosen by the Forum.