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Bogue Fellowship

The Bogue Fellowships are provided by a bequest from the late James Yule Bogue, a former Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology and one-time Deputy Chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Division of ICI. They are available to postgraduate research students and to postdoctoral researchers, normally within six years of receiving a doctoral degree, working in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.

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Purpose & Eligibility

James Yule Bogue

The fellowships support visits to carry out research in laboratories in the USA and Canada in order ‘to enrich the research experience and help develop the scientific career of the Fellow’. The duration of the Fellowship needs to be well justified in relation to the time needed to do the proposed work. Recent awards have ranged from a few weeks to ~6 months. Requests for up to 12 months will be considered, but only if very well justified. Applications will also be considered for attendance at advanced, intensive, high quality laboratory-based courses at Cold Spring Harbor, Woods Hole and similar centres. The bequest will not fund attendance at other types of scientific conference or meeting.

Please note that applicants attending advanced courses are expected to have applied for funding from other sources to help with tuition and accommodation costs.

Since the Bogue scheme was introduced in 1998/9, close to 170 Fellowship awards have been made for visits of between two weeks and 12 months. The number of Fellowships available is not fixed and will be determined by availability of funds (likely to be in the region of £50,000 in 2017), the level of support requested by applicants and the ranking of the applications by the Fellowships Committee. The previous award of a Bogue Fellowship does not debar an individual from applying for a further award.

Fellowships are restricted to applicants whose research is in the area of Physiology and Cognate Sciences (i.e. most areas of the life and basic biomedical sciences). Those working in Clinical Medicine and Psychiatry are specifically excluded. Students or postdoctoral researchers carrying out basic research in clinical Departments are, however, eligible.

Applicants should note that it was the wish of Dr. Bogue that those awarded Fellowships should agree, as far as practicable, to return to UCL for a period of years following tenure of the Fellowship (applicants must have guaranteed funding to remain at UCL for a minimum period of 6 months after returning from the USA). Part of the purpose of the awards is that applicants should transfer skills that they have acquired in North America back to UCL. Please note that the panel will not fund applications from students enrolled as CRS or who are just about to start their CRS year.

N.B. Fellowships are not available for travel to scientific meetings or for visits to North American laboratories to give talks and/or to search for positions. Nor can they be used as a means of extending beyond the normal termination date, the period of support provided by a stipend or salary (from whatever source). The Fellowship is not able to cover the cost of consumables.

Extent and Nature of Support

The Fellowships Committee which considers applications has considerable flexibility in determining the level of support to be provided for successful applicants and will assess this individually for each Fellow.

The Fellowships can be used either to support the full (or major) costs of visits, or to provide supplementation for support from other sources such as a stipend or salary which will continue to be paid during the tenure of the Fellowship and/or other funds available/raised for the specific purpose of the visit. Fellowships are intended to provide not only for the basic costs of the visit (i.e. return travel to and from North America and subsistence, or a contribution to subsistence, while carrying out the research project) but also to allow the Fellow to enjoy the opportunity of travel within North America and exposure to its culture and people and applicants are encouraged to include requests for funds for this purpose in their application. These components of the proposal should be proportionate with the overall duration of the visit in terms of both time and cost - it is not appropriate to request funding for travel that represents more than 10% of the overall cost of the trip. In addition, the Fellowship can include provision for additional costs if the Fellow is accompanied by a spouse, although again these requests must be balanced against the whole cost of the trip. In the case of postgraduate students (predoctoral), applications will be considered for the full cost (stipend plus travelling costs) of a full year in an appropriate laboratory or laboratories (i.e. extending the PhD programme to 4 years) where there is a compelling scientific case and with the agreement of the organisation providing the funds for the 3 year PhD programme. Wellcome Trust supported Fellows or Scholars are eligible to be considered for Bogue Fellowships but the Trust recommends that any plans to undertake visits to the USA or Canada should be discussed with them before an application for a Bogue Fellowship is submitted.

Cost of Living and Additional Expenses:

When calculating your estimated expenses, it is important to consider costs for accommodation, subsistence, transportation, insurance and visas. The cost of living can vary significantly by location and lifestyle. However, if you will continue to receive a salary or PhD stipend while you are away, this should still be sufficient to cover routine maintenance costs if you stay in self catering accommodation. It is understood that if you are staying in hotel accommodation for short visits, maintenance will be more expensive.

All Overseas Travel requirements should be booked through UCL's recommended Travel Agents – these are Ian Allan Travel Ld, or STA Travel in the University of London Union. Contact details for Ian Allan Travel Ltd are: telephone: 0845 872 6011; email:  However, if Fellows are under the age of 26, they may be able to get discounted flights from STA Travel in the University of London Union (Tel: 0871 702 9848; email:


Please note that UCL will cover the cost of travel insurance. However, with the changes regarding health insurance to cover the requirements of the visa, you may need to take out additional health insurance. Further information on UCL travel insurance and additional health insurance is at:

Conditions of Award

1. On return to UCL the Fellow will be required to provide a report to the Fellowship Committee of approximately 1000 words and must agree also to provide other reports for UCL publications if requested to do so.

2. Normally Fellows will receive their awards in the form of a sterling cheque, which they should deposit in their bank accounts in the UK. Because of restrictions imposed by US banks on opening accounts, most Fellows find it convenient to use a credit card for settling bills and drawing cash. If necessary, an advance to cover the purchase cost of air tickets will be provided.

3. The award must be taken up within 12 months of the date awarded unless special permission to delay has been obtained from the Committee. Applicants must still meet the eligibility criteria if a request is made to delay taking up the award.

Application Procedure

Applications for Bogue fellowships are open!

The application form can be found below:

Application form

Your application should include:

1. An outline of the purpose of the proposed visit and of the research to be undertaken, indicating how the visit will contribute to the scientific development of the Fellow and to that of UCL, together with reasons for selecting the particular laboratory or laboratories. It is critical that the proposal makes it absolutely clear what will be done during the visit and why this is important in the overall context of the project.

2. A letter of support from a supervisor in the case of postgraduate students, and from the Head of Laboratory and/or Head of Department in the case of postdoctoral applicants. In the case of postgraduate students a letter of approval from the funding agency (or other body or individual) providing the main funding for the PhD, is also required.

3. A letter from the Head of the Host laboratory (laboratories) confirming that the project and arrangements proposed by the applicant are acceptable and giving details of any local funding that is supporting the visit.

4. An outline of the costs involved in the visit i.e. travel, subsistence and incidental expenses for the applicant, the cost of leisure time/holiday activities, and where appropriate, the costs associated with applicant's spouse. Students who have not yet obtained a PhD should check carefully the regulations concerning obtaining visas and ensure that any necessary costs are included in their application.

5. It is essential that the timing of the visit occurs at least 6 months before the end of current funding. It is not sufficient to say that applications have been made for further funding. Proposals that fail to take this into account will not be considered.

6. A statement of current support obtained and support that has been made available, or applied for, from other sources.

7. A clear statement of the applicant's career aspirations and future plans, with special reference to the period immediately after the tenure of the Fellowship, if awarded.

8. NB: Applications cannot be made retrospectively.

Please note that the application forms must be completed in full:

ALL information requested should be included on the form

Applications (3 copies) should be submitted to:

Professor M Duchen

Chair, Bogue Committee

c/o Jane Inge, Life Sciences Faculty, The Medical School Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

(Internal Address: Room 241, the Medical School Building, 74 Huntley Street)

[tel. 020 7679 0879; email:]

Deadline for receipt of applications is : 27 October 2017

In addition to the 3 hardcopies, you should send an electronic version of the application and all relevant documents to All documents MUST be merged into one pdf file.

Selection Process

Applications are assessed on scientific merit by the selection panel. The current success rate is around 60%.

The awards panel: (click through for research profile)

· Michael Duchen (Chair)

· Benny Chain

· David Linch

· Paola Pedarzani

· Andrew Stoker

· Chris Barnes

· Liz Pellicano


Louise Kulke

PhD Student in Psychology and Linguistics. Cortical Mechanisms in visual attention of typical and atypically developing infants.

Visited the University of California, San Diego, for four weeks in 2013.

Thanks to a Bogue Fellowship I had the opportunity to visit a research lab in San Diego, California to learn how to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to study the development of the brain in children between 5 and 10 years of age. To investigate the development of attention I converted an attention paradigm that I had previously used with infants in UCL into a touch screen game that kids enjoyed playing. The test involved the child touching targets that appeared on a screen as quickly as possible. The results showed a significant reduction in reaction time over this age range. The research I carried out will be an interesting chapter for my PhD thesis. My visit to an American university allowed me to get an insight into the academic system, by experiencing the way in which postgraduate students and researchers work in the US and by meeting renowned scientists. Living in America for a month was a great experience and it was fascinating to learn about cultural differences between the US and the UK and to enjoy experiences like festivals, visits to historic old towns, an encounter with a rattlesnake in the wilderness, great Californian beaches and sampling “Animal-fries” (chips with additional cheese and cream sauce on top).

It was a great opportunity for me to gain insight into the difficulties of using MRI and DTI with young children to explore the development of the brain. I am very thankful for the Bogue Fellowship that enabled me to gather this invaluable experience.

Karolin Nowak

Student at UCL ICH. Human papilloma virus in Children combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

Visited the University of Madison Wisconsin for four months, 2013.

I was awarded a Bogue Fellowship in November 2013 which paid for a five-month stay at UW Madison. My stay in Madison was very productive and I learned a variety of new techniques and gained interesting insight into the research done in my host laboratory. Moreover, I was lucky that my hosting supervisor organised a conference in Madison during my stay and paid for my attendance there which gave me further insight into the research done in my field.

I also used some of the money provided by the fellowship to travel in the US. Prior to my arrival, I spent a week in New York which was a really great experience. The weekend of 4 July I visited Chicago and enjoyed the famous Chicago deep dish pizza and hot dogs and of course I also didn’t miss the great fireworks for the Independence Day celebrations.

My stay in the US was not only very productive in respect of the work done in the laboratory but it was also a valuable experience on a personal level and an opportunity that I wouldn't have wanted to miss. 

Louise Croft

PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry at  UCL ICH. Learned advanced neuroimaging techinques to investigate patterns of functional plasticity in typically and atypically developing brains in children.

Visited the Children's National Medical Centre, Washington, for three  months, 2011.

I was awarded a Bogue Research Fellowship in the first year of my PhD to visit a research group in Washington DC, who specialised in research methods crucial for my own work.

Three months flew by; I learnt new analysis techniques, shadowed neurologists and neuropsychologists, presented work at lab meetings, attended training sessions, visited the National Institutes of Health and participated in clinical meetings. However, what I found most valuable was the opportunity to experience working in a different setting, with new colleagues. Adapting to a new environment built my confidence as an independent researcher; it forced me to take on new responsibilities, showed me new ways of thinking, and pushed me beyond my comfort zone.

My experiences outside the lab were just as enriching and rewarding. I had the opportunity to experience living in another country, which meant moving beyond the usual tourist sites and getting a real feel for American culture.

Overall I’d say the Bogue Research Fellowship was the most valuable part of my PhD, and certainly the sharpest learning curve! Although I started out with the intention of performing only a time-limited research project, my work with the group in DC expanded and ended up spanning the duration of my PhD, including several trips back to different parts of the states. I now have a published manuscript in one of the top neurology journals as a direct result of the Bogue Fellowship (a critical addition to my CV!). Crucially, the professional relationships fostered by this Fellowship have continued, and I still receive valuable input, guidance and inspiration from my American supervisors (Dr Gaillard and Dr Berl), who I hope to work with for many more years to come.

Andreas Charidimou

The Bogue fellowship gave me a unique opportunity for further research in a world-leading laboratory on a topic that is central to my PhD thesis: cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a common disease of the small vessels in the brain that causes haemorrhage and cognitive decline. The Bogue scheme supported me spending two months in the Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy research laboratory in Harvard Medical School (USA), the worldwide recognised leading authority on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cerebral amyloid angiopathy. During this time I had access to this group’s unique breadth of expertise, data and facilities in order to undertake a specific research project. The overall aim of the project was to explore novel imaging markers of cerebral amyloid angiopathy using MRI and pathology data of patients. My time there was extremely fruitful and productive and established a collaboration and links with this group and UCL far beyond the current project. I believe this fellowship is a valuable opportunity for young researchers to pursue their academic careers, and to transfer new skills. I feel that the whole experience had a big impact in further developing my career, making new friends and collaborators, and overall enriching my PhD research.

Rebecca McKelvey

PhD student in Professor Fitzgerald’s lab: Bogue Fellowship 2013


The Bogue scholarship enabled me to spend three months at Duke University, North Carolina in the research lab of Dr Ru-Rong Ji. The Ji lab specialises in identifying mechanisms that underlie chronic pain, specifically associated with glia cells in the spinal cord.  My aim was to learn quantitative real time PCR (qPCR) and mouse behaviour to identify and compare the expression of glial markers and pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators in the dorsal horn spinal cord of mice following adult and neonatal nerve injury.

Aim of Study:

To discover the mechanisms that underlie the delayed onset mechanical hypersensitivity following early life nerve injury.

Although nerve injury in adults can result in neuropathic pain, this does not occur in young rat pups (Howard et al., 2005; Moss et al., 2007; Costigan et al., 2009) or human infants and young children (Anand and Birch, 2002; Walco et al., 2010).  However, we have recently shown that peripheral nerve injury in infant rats does lead to a delayed onset mechanical hypersensitivity, that only manifests in preadolescence (Vega-Avelaira et al., 2012), since confirmed in mice (McKelvey, unpublished). Since the median age of onset of neuropathic pain syndromes in paediatric patients is 13 years (see Walco et al., 2010), this model may provide important insights into the mechanisms underlying these pain conditions.

The visit was an overwhelming success and I now have data that will contribute to a publication in a high impact journal and contribute greatly to my PhD thesis.  In 2014 we successfully submitted a joint paper between the labs to the journal of neuroscience.

My Cultural Experience in the USA

In addition to developing new skills in the lab I took time to explore North Carolina and a city I have always wanted to visit, Chicago. In North Carolina I visited the Museum of Art as well as enjoying walks and treks around the surrounding countryside. I also participated in community activities with the local church. On my trip to Chicago I did a free architectural tour around Millennium Park. I also went up the Willis tower and on to a suspended glass box at the Skydeck Chicago observatory that was more than 1,000 feet in the sky.

Giorgia Bosi

I was awarded the Bogue Research Fellowship in May 2014, during the third year of my PhD. The Bogue Fellowship allowed me to visit the offices of Dassault Systemes Simulia located in Fremont, California (USA), one of the most important companies for computational simulations for engineering applications. During my visit between September and December 2014, I was involved in the development and evaluation of a computational model of the human heart (The Living Heart Project), which is implemented in Abaqus FEA, the software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering developed by Dassault Systemes Simulia. The Living Heart Project is a complex, multiphysics model which includes a “complete 3D view of electrical impulses and muscle-fibre contractions able to replicate the true motion of the human heart”.

During my internship I had the opportunity to study the current heart model and to use it for valuable applications to test implantation and performance of two cardiovascular devices: pacemaker leads and coronary stents.

This experience in California was my very first working experience in America, allowing me to come in contact with the research performed outside academia. I was lucky enough to find friendly American colleagues who involved me not only in working activities but also in social events. Moreover, I took the chance to travel across California, from Yosemite National Park, to Monterey and Santa Cruz. I found not only wonderful landscape but also amazing people I doubt I will forget.

I am very thankful to the Bogue Fellowship that enabled me to enrich my professional and personal life.

For informal enquiries please contact Jane Inge ( or Michael Duchen (

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