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British Mass Spectrometry Society, Chromatographic Society, and RSC NorthWest Analytical Division Summer Studentships 2018

What level of financial support can be expected?
The British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) will fund approximately six projects, to a maximum value of £1500 per studentship. In addition the Chromatographic Society (ChromSoc) will fund up to a further two projects, provided that they contain a strong focus on separation science.  The RSC’s NorthWest Analytical Division (NWAD) will also fund one studentship for those supervisors who qualify on geographical location grounds.

What is a summer studentship and what are the benefits?
The studentships are typically of 6-8 weeks duration focussed on involving the student in scientific research resulting in a report (see below). The report may be shared via society's publications and associated websites and many studentships have led to academic publications and talks.

What is the decision making process?
The BMSS Advisory Board, ChromSoc and RSC NWAD representatives will rank and select the projects that will receive funding based on criteria including their mass spectrometry and/or chromatography content, relevance to current topics, novelty of the project, deliverables and the development of the student. Some degree of matched funding will be looked upon favourably.

In order to qualify for consideration of funding:

  • The application must be submitted by a student’s supervisor.
  • The supervisor must be a BMSS member of at least 3 months standing, or a ChromSoc or RSC member (to qualify for RSC NWAD support).
  • The supervisor must be a bone-fide employee of the institution/company in which the project will be conducted, to which the funds will be paid (not to named individuals).
  • Only a single application per supervisor per round will be considered by this scheme.
  • Funding should typically be used to provide direct financial support to the student e.g. as stipend to cover living expenses and a wage and is not to be used for conference attendance or travel (BMSS or ChromSoc travel grants are available for this purpose) or continuation of PhD studies/projects. Grants must be used solely for the purposes set out in the application.
  • Funding is open to academics who are in full time employment at a British University and who will be fully employed for the duration of the project and report deadline, or where in part-time employment, name a full time collaborator who is able to provide suitable cover.  Successful candidates may recruit undergraduates who are UK or EU nationals, or who have UK residence qualifications, and to overseas students who are attending a British University for full time education with valid student visa for the period of the Summer Studentship.  The involvement of industrial bodies (as co-sponsor or collaborator) is acceptable, but the studentship application should be made solely by the academic where the student is based, and that the institution and student both fulfill the aforementioned criteria, otherwise such applications will not be considered.

Summer studentship reports
The student/supervisor team must produce a project report of 2-3 pages (1600-2400 words) describing the results of their project once completed. This report may be published in society publications such as Mass Matters, ChromComm, LCGC's The Column, and appear on the society websites. Delayed publication (so as not to prejudice journal submission) can be negotiated, but report submission must be on time  Late reports will negatively affect chances of future applications for any future BMSS funding. Financial support from the sponsoring society/ies (BMSS, ChromSoc, NWAD) must be specifically acknowledged in all presentations/publications resulting from the student’s work.


  • Applications invited now at
  • The application deadline is 01 Jan 2018
  • Applicants will be informed 06 Apr 2018
  • Project reports must be returned to the BMSS within 6 weeks of project end dates.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the BMSS Administrator, Lisa Sage at


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