Student Bursaries


The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group welcomes applications for travel funding (up to £500) from doctoral researchers who wish to present their work at a national or international conference/workshop (either as virtual or in-person attendance), carry out fieldwork for their research, or travel to use laboratory facilities in the UK or overseas (please note only travel costs are eligible, not instrument time or bench fees).


Statement of Intent

VMSG Student Bursaries are intended to support students:

Affected by unforeseen circumstances that have impacted the direction or scope of the research project or the use of funding.

Who do not have access to other sources of research funding, or whose funds are limited in a way that restricts their opportunities.

To exploit new opportunities that will extend and build on their primary PhD research, beyond their budgeted project.


To apply:

Please fill in this application form, describing the rationale for the proposed activities, the importance of this for your research goals, and how this fund would enable activities that otherwise would not be possible.

Applications should be sent to the Awards and Bursaries Officer (Emma Nicholson,

Applications must be submitted electronically and be received by the deadline of 23.59 hrs on either:

ROUND 1: 15 March for travel between 1 May of the same year and 30 April of the following year) or

ROUND 2: 15 September for travel between 1st November and 31st October of the following year).


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a student travel bursary from VMSG an applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a PhD programme at a UK or Irish University
  • Have given either an oral or poster presentation at a VMSG annual meeting prior to the application deadline in the round in which funding is requested.
  • Not previously been awarded a VMSG student travel bursary
  • The application is for a forthcoming conference/workshop, lab work or fieldwork. No retrospective applications will be considered.
  • If you are applying for a conference, you must submit a draft abstract with your application (even if this is not yet submitted to the conference)
  • The research topic falls within the remit of VMSG.
  • Grants are non-transferable and must be used for the purpose stated on the submitted form. Awardees who are unable to use the award for the purpose set out in their application must relinquish it.

Preference will be given to students who are members of one of the VMSG parent societies, the Mineralogical Societyor Geological Society of London.



Grant Directory

We have also collated a Grant Directory to help students find additional non-VMSG fundings. The directory comprises a comprehensive list of all grants and bursaries that are applicable to students with volcanic- and magmatic-related projects, along with deadlines and links to further information.

If you know of any other student bursaries that could be added to the directory, please contact the VMSG Student Rep.