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The BIG Event Bursary


BIG Event 2017
Wed 19 - Fri 21 July
Life Science Centre, Newcastle, UK

Each year BIG offers a handful of bursary places which will pay registration fees for the BIG Event in Belfast and give limited travel and accommodation support. This is open to BIG members who are in the first five years of their professional career and have not attended a previous BIG Event.


The deadline for applications has now passed (Friday 5 May 2017, 11.59 pm) - sorry, late applications are not considered.

Criteria for assessing applications

  1. Applicants must be BIG members with membership beginning no later than 5 May 2017
  2. Applicants must be within the first 5 years of their professional career in the STEM engagement sector in the UK
  3. Applicants must not have attended the BIG Event before
  4. Applications will be scored 1-5 on the following attributes:
  • Demonstrable commitment to professional development
  • Demonstrable commitment to the STEM engagement sector
  • Level of positive impact of attending conference on applicant's personal and professional development
  • Relevance of work experience       


Other assessment considerations

Special consideration will be given to applicants from smaller organisations and to applicants who adopt a creative and thrifty approach to their travel and accommodation costs. BIG is a not-for-profit organisation supported by its members and squeezes every last drop out of every last penny to support them.

What will you have to do in return?

Following attendance of the BIG Event, you will need to submit an article (approx. 400 words) for BIG’s enewsletter about your conference attendance or a related topic which would be of use and interest to the BIG community. Expenses will be issued following attendance of the BIG Event 2017 and on receipt of this article. We also hope you will be willing to give a hand at the conference where required; this gives you a great opportunity to create links with other delegates.


How to apply

To apply for a conference place through the bursary, you must be a member of BIG and you will need fill in a form online by clicking on the Apply link below.

If it's easier for you to prepare your responses before completing the form, you can  complete and then cut-and-paste your responses a Word document - template coming soon.

Link coming soon...



What happens next?

BIG will assess each application and attempt to award bursaries to achieve a geographic and subject area spread. You will be notified either way in the w/c 15 May 2017. Successful applicants will receive information about the bursary amount allotted to travel and accommodation and how to claim these expenses.

You are responsible for organising and paying for your own travel and accommodation and you will need to produce receipts for each item to claim your expenses.

If you are successful with your bursary application and have already booked and paid for your conference place, BIG will refund your registration fee. 


If you have questions, please get in touch. Rachel Mason  

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