Each summer, the society co-funds a 6-8 week summer studentship with BMSS (British Mass Spec Society), RSC SSG (Royal Society of Chemistry Separation Science Group) and RSC NWAD (Royal Society of Chemistry North West Analytical Division) .
The studentships are focused on involving the student in scientific research resulting in a report, the report may be shared via society's publications and associated websites. Many studentships have led to academic publications and talks.
The studentships receive funding based on 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 favorably.
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 SSG, RSC NWAD)
- 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 year will be considered by this scheme
- Funding should typically be used to provide direct financial support to the student, and is not to be used for conference attendance or travel (BMSS or ChromSoc grants are available for this purpose) or continuation of PhD studies/projects. Grants must be used solely for the purpose 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 such 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 or 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.
The student/supervisor team must produce a project report of 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) may 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 must be specifically acknowledged in all presentations/publications resulting from the students work. Project reports must be returned to the BMSS within 6 weeks of project end dates
Applications are now OPEN, deadline is 2nd April 2017.