Travelling Fellowships

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The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology andDisease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on nationality.

Conditions of the Travelling Fellowship

  1. If your application is successful, you will be required to sign our Travelling Fellowship Agreement.
  2. You may only apply to one journal. Please ensure that the chosen journal is the most relevant to your field of study.
  3. You must email tf@​biologists.​com to confirm that you have received your payment.
  4. If for any reason you do not carry out your collaborative visit or it is delayed beyond six months of the award, please email tf@​biologists.​com. Please also arrange for the Travelling Fellowship funds to be returned, in full.
  5. Any unspent funds must be returned within one month of the end of the visit.
  6. You must provide a 250 – 500 word summary of the results obtained from your visit, within three months, for publication on our website.
  7. You must keep all of the receipts related to your visit and send to the Charity Administrator within one month of completion of your visit. Email them to tf@​biologists.​com, or send originals to Charity Administrator, The Company of Biologists, Bidder Building, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LF, UK.


Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories

To Apply

Guidelines for completing the application form:

  • Only one person per laboratory may apply for funding, per funding round, per journal
  • Applications are strictly limited to one journal only, per round of funding, per person
  • The date of travel must occur within six months of funding being awarded
  • Applications will not be considered retrospectively
  • We do not provide funds to attend training courses
  • Applications will be considered from early career scientists, which includes graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
  • The application form and all supporting documents must be completed in English
  • Travelling Fellowships can only be awarded once every two years from any of our journals per applicant
  • Expenses include travel, subsistence, accommodation, visa fees and bench fees. Travel insurance costs are not to be included in the expenses
  • Please attach the following documents to your application:
    • Letter of status from your Head of Department. (Note: If your Head of Department is also your Supervisor, two letters should be written, one in each capacity.)
    • Letter of support from your Supervisor
    • Letter of support from your host laboratory (Note: All letters of support must be in English, on headed paper and signed.)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Publication list
  • If possible, please put your application and documents onto one single PDF file
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the criteria required for a Travelling Fellowship
  • Incomplete applications will be returned

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