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10 Bursaries available for Cheltenham Science Festival

27 March 2013


The Graduate School is offering ten £600 bursaries for research or taught graduate students to attend The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in Cheltenham from Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th June 2013.

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival co-directed by Dr Mark Lythgoe (UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) and provides a unique opportunity to debate the hottest topics in science with some of the world’s leading personalities.

The Graduate School will fund ten graduate students (Master’s or Research) to attend the Festival, including vouchers to attend six events per day and money to cover transport, accommodation and food expenses.

This will provide an excellent opportunity for ten UCL graduate students to broaden their horizons, meet leading scientists and other speakers, take part in debate and discussion about public engagement in science and enjoy the atmosphere with fellow scientists, policy makers, artists, researchers, the media, the corporate sector and the general public. 

One of last year's UCL bursary students said: "What was even more comforting for a PhD student in particular is that often you feel you don't belong here, in this science field, you're not 'cut out' for it, but actually this festival tells you otherwise, not because you have anything to do with being good at it, but that you enjoy it. I have been able to re-visit this initial first love for science."

To apply for a bursary you will need to write 250 words on what you think about public engagement in science and whether it is important and send it to your Departmental Graduate Tutor by the deadline of Friday 5th April.

Your expression of interest should include information on how you would use the experience of attending the Festival, provide information about your past experience as well as evidence of your commitment to science communication and how you would engage with the public with your own work. 

Each department will then be asked to asked to recommend one student to the Graduate School which will then select the ten bursary winners.

For further information please visit the UCL Graduate School Website (this information is no longer available). 

Image: Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2010


The list of Departmental Graduate Tutors
Cheltenham Science Festival