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Faraday Bursaries/Scholarships

A limited number of Faraday Bursaries are available to enable applicants from low-income countries to participate in Faraday Summer Courses. A bursary is the same as a scholarship. Each Bursary will cover:

  • the full cost of the Course Fee (including food, accommodation etc) and
  • some or all of the cost of return travel from the country of origin (normally up to a maximum of £500). Delegates are expected to use the cheapest form of transport, e.g. economy air travel and bus or train to and from the airport. Travel refunds will be made during or soon after the Course based on the necessary receipts.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the necessary UK visa and The Faraday Institute accepts no responsibility for failed visa applications nor can engage in advocacy on behalf of applicants with the UK immigration authorities. Travel costs cannot be reimbursed where a visa application fails. Appropriate invitation letters will be issued to successful applicants .

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • an undergraduate or graduate of a recognised university from any country in the world;
  • their level of English must be sufficient to benefit from the course;
  • the applicant must be in genuine financial need.

After completion of the course, the recipient will publicise the work of the Faraday Institute in their home country and in the year following will do one of the following:

  • write at least one report or article about the Course upon their return to their home country.
  • show a course lecture video or DVD to at least one meeting of interested people in their home country.

In addition, those awarded Bursaries will be required to write a short report for The Faraday Institute showing how they have promoted the work of the Faraday Institute in their own country.

How to apply

Faraday Bursaries are awarded by open competition, the application procedure requires the submission of sufficient information to make assessment equitable. The Faraday Institute emphasises that it cannot engage in any discussion or correspondence about why a bursary application is unsuccessful.

To apply for a Faraday Bursary you need to:

  1. Fill in the application form and submit on line,
  2. Submit your CV and an explanation of how you will benefit from the course (200-400 words), and send to:

Course Director,
The Faraday Institute,
The Woolf Building,
Madingley Road
Cambridge, CB3 0UB, UK.
or email: Course Director Prof. Hugh Rollinson at


Applications must be received in the Faraday Office 3 months prior to the starting date of the Course. The deadline for the 2019 Summer Course is 29 March 2019. Decisions about bursaries will be made within two weeks of the application deadline.

Faraday-St Edmund's College Bursaries

Two bursaries are available for each Faraday Course to facilitate participation by student members of St Edmund's College. These are intended to cover

  • the course fees and food package (excepting breakfast), but
  • not accommodation as this is already available.

How to apply

Complete the online application form and send a c/v and a one-page covering letter explaining why you wish to attend a particular course, to the Course Director, Faraday Institute, Prof. Hugh Rollinson at


Applications should be made at least 3 months before the start-date of the course (29 March 2019) and applicants will be informed of the outcome within two weeks of the closing date.