The Steve Bishop Early Career Award

The Steve Bishop Early Career Award

Steve Bishop Short Research / Training Opportunity Early Career Award

This scholarship is aimed at those in the early part of their career as an animal scientist (postgraduate student or within two years of graduating with a PhD, or those working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD).

The award is for specific short research programmes and/or training opportunities in the UK, or overseas, with a new academic or industrial partner. The overall aim is to help support and develop a new partnership rather than a piece of work with a current partner or current organisation. It some circumstances it may also be used to part-fund projects.

Funds can be used in any relevant animal science sector.

What is the prize?

Worth up to £5000

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit.  Applicants may request:

  • up to of £2,000 for projects up to 6 weeks
  • up to of £3,000 for projects up to 3 months
  • up to of £5,000 for projects up to 6 months

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below.

Application Deadline

30th June

Who was Steve Bishop?

A world-renowned scientist, Professor Bishop made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the impact of genetics on infectious diseases in farm animals. After he obtained a degree in agricultural science from the Lincoln College at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1981, he studied for a PhD in genetics at the University of Edinburgh. After periods working at the Technical University of Munich and for the Livestock Improvement Corporation of the New Zealand Dairy Board, he took up a position at the Roslin Institute in 1988, where he built up a major research group with an international reputation. His primary research interests revolved around the genetic control of resistance to infectious disease in livestock, studying impacts from the gene to the population. Steve’s work had a major influence worldwide on how animal scientists and farmers approach breeding for nematode and infective disease resistance. Steve was a member of BSAS from 1993 to 2015.

General Criteria

This scholarship is aimed at providing opportunities for those in the early part of their career as an animal scientist (postgraduate student or within two years of graduating with a PhD, or those working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD). The award is to be used for specific short research programme and/or training opportunity in the UK, or overseas, with a new academic or industrial partner (i.e., to help support and develop a new partnership rather than a piece of work with a current partner or current organisation). It may be used to part fund projects, but in these instances, clear indications and assurances of the alternative funds need to be provided. There are no specific categories so you may apply for funds to undertake a short research programme or training across any relevant animal science sector. The following points apply to the award

  • This scheme is open those in the early stage of their career as an animal scientist.
  • The monies will help fund placements in another research group/industry for period of at least 6 weeks and no more than 6 months.
  • Work should not be in support of current employment/area of study
  • The applicant should include letters of support from their current place of employment/study and the suggested host organisation.
  • This is an annual award, with only one fellow awarded per year. If applications fail to reach desired quality then the selection committee may choose not to award.
  • The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit.  Applicants may request:
    • up to of £2,000 for projects up to 6 weeks
    • up to of £3,000 for projects up to 3 months
    • up to of £5,000 for projects up to 6 months
  • The funding does not cover the salary costs of the applicant or salary costs in the host organisation.
  • Application process will include application form, CV and after initial short listing, referees may be contacted. Telephone interviews may be required to separate candidates.
  • Upon completion, the successful fellow will be required to present their outcomes of the award at the next annual conference of the society (and the associated early-careers day), including submission of abstract (conference fees will be covered and travel and subsistence of no more than £200).
  • A one page abstract or poster highlighting the outcomes of the award, suitable for display on the BSAS website, will also be required on completion.
  • The research programme or training must be completed within 12 months of the closing date of the award.
  • Report of work must be submitted within 3 months of completion of project. The selection committee to compare to initial application will review this. Final funding will be available on successful completion of this report and valid receipts.
  • BSAS must be acknowledged in all presentations and publications associated with the award.

Date for submissions: 30th June

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General Criteria

The BSAS Awards Committee will consider applications, after the 30th June deadline and thereafter applicants will be notified of their decision within 6 weeks.  Feedback on an individual candidate’s application provided on request of the individual. However, general information on the numbers of applicants and success rate of applications and the names of the successful applicants may be made available in BSAS newsletters/website. All information provided in the application will be treated as confidential. It will only be used by, and made available to, the committee assessing the Scholarships in accordance with Data Protection.

Applications will be judged on the criteria set out below, using the information provided by the applicant on the scholarship application form together with the information contained in the supporting documentation (CV). The referee named in the application may be contacted to help with the judging process. Each application is judged on its own merits but the criteria used will include: -

  • Originality & Innovation - Assessing how original and innovative the proposed work is. The expected advances in knowledge to arise from the award (scientific merit, benefit to the animal science industry, likelihood of success in the case of short research programme).
  • Applicant Benefit - The likely benefits to the individuals in terms of career progression.
  • Value for money - Including (i) are the costings/timetable sensible given the application (ii) is the applicant “adding value” to the application (e.g., undertaking a visit to a relevant local research group before/after a conference).
  • Application Quality - Quality and presentation of the overall application, qualifications and individual merits of candidate

Candidates will be scored out of 5 (1 poor, 5 excellent) in each of these 4 categories and the scores of the judging group collated. Applicants must score a minimum of 12 (out of 20) to be short-listed for an award. The judging group may give an award to multiple candidates, funds permitting. The amounts awarded to candidates may not be the full amounts requested. In the case of a potential conflict of the interest for a member of the judging group (e.g., academic supervisor of a candidate), their votes will be discarded. Any application that fails to meet the criteria of the awards set out in this document will not be considered.

  • Applicants may only apply for one Award with the same project/proposal.
  • Monies may not be used to purchase capital equipment.
  • All successful applicants must provide a minimum of a 2-page report at the end of the project (within 3 months of proposed end date).
  • Full monies will be provided only on successful completion of the report.
  • Full monies will be provided only based on the submission of valid receipts. These receipts must not have been submitted elsewhere.
  • BSAS must be acknowledged in all presentations and publications.

 


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Please, succinctly, state your main objectives:
Please provide a summary of the work that you plan to undertake as part of this award. This should be written in a form that would be comprehendible to a lay reader and if awarded will be used to on the BSAS website:
Please provide a summary of the work that you plan to undertake as part of this award, for a specialist reader. This will be used by the panel to judge the quality of the proposed work and if it is feasible to be undertaken:
Benefits that would accrue from this proposal covering benefit to the (i) applicant, (ii) development of the scientific area and (iii) benefit to the animal science industry:
Outline of costs required (consumables/ equipment, any capital equipment, T&S, IS etc.):
Please ensure that they have agreed to support the application:

Past Recipients

2019

Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc, Ireland

2017

No Award

2016

Victoria Offroad, Royal Veterinary College

2013

No Award

2012

Jennifer Kember, Aberystwyth University