Criteria for SoBRA Bursaries

The following outline gives details of how SoBRA will assess and prioritise applications for bursaries from its funds. The total fund available for bursaries each year will vary according to the Society’s circumstances but is expected to be about 5% of currently held funds. SoBRA does not undertake to spend all of the allocation each year (funds will be awarded on merit and application) nor to fund entire research or meeting expenses. It is expected that the maximum bursary per application will be in the region of £500.

The bursaries are available to either: 1) help fund research that will improve land contamination risk assessment; or 2) contribute towards registration, travel and accommodation costs for attending a scientific meeting/conference related to land contamination risk assessment. The research can focus on any aspect of the risk assessment process (eg, data collection, exposure assessment, toxicology, etc) and it might have previously been identified by SoBRA members (eg, via a Workshop). The meeting/conference attendance does not have to be SoBRA-organised or UK-based but it should be noted that there is no guarantee to fund total costs. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.

Bursaries are awarded on the condition that a written deliverable will be submitted to SoBRA after the event/research work has been conducted. This will be in the form of a research report, in a format to be agreed or a short article (~ 500 words) on the event for the SoBRA newsletter.


  • Research or meeting must have a substantial element relating to land contamination risk assessment and, more specifically, its scientific aspects.
  • Applicant must be a member of SoBRA.
  • Research findings must be publishable by SoBRA (jointly, if appropriate).
  • For meeting attendance bursaries, applicants must be presenting a poster or giving an oral presentation. The bursary beneficiary must be the presenting author.
  • If relating to a meeting, applications must be received within 4 weeks of the meeting happening and preferably in advance.
  • If relating to research, applications cannot be retrospective.


Applications to be submitted to the SoBRA Secretary, to include:

  • Brief outline of the research or meeting/conference (with references to publicly available information, as appropriate).
  • A justification for undertaking the research, or for attending the meeting/conference and why the applicant believes it will be beneficial to them and their development, as well as the Society as a whole.
  • In the case of meeting/conference attendance, abstract of the submitted presentation and evidence of its acceptance by the meeting/conference organisers (for non-SoBRA meetings only).
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant.
  • Confirmation of student status or early career scientist by supervisor or line manager.
  • Confirmation of meeting/conference attendance by line management or HR.


  • Originality and scientific merit of work to be presented.
  • Relevance of the subject to SoBRA members’ areas of interest.
  • Membership of SoBRA (all other criteria being equal).