Awards and Bursaries

Bill Pettit Memorial Award 2020

NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £3,000 of grant money, is available to NatSCA members this year to support projects including the conservation, access and use of natural science collections.

Charles Arthur William ‘Bill’ Pettit (1937-2009) started his career with the National Institute of Oceanography but moved to the Manchester Museum in 1975 to become Assistant Keeper of Zoology. In his time at Manchester, Bill worked tirelessly for the collections and was instrumental in projects such as FENSCORE as well as numerous publications. It is in recognition of his commitment to natural science collections that we would like to offer this annual award.

Projects will be assessed against NatSCA’s mission to promote collections care, use and access of Natural Science collections. We are looking for projects that can be delivered on time and budget, leaving a tangible legacy. Each project will be considered on its own merits by the NatSCA committee and the committee’s decision, including not awarding any money that year, will be final.

To apply please fill out the application form (click here).

Conference & AGM 2020

NatSCA would like to offer a number of bursaries for members towards the cost of the AGM and conference. There is a limited amount of money and this year the Committee is offering:

Two bursaries of up to £250 each

This sum may be set against your;
• travel costs
• accommodation costs
The bursary also allows a free place at conference. (The optional evening event is not included and must be booked separately if wishing to attend)

• Only members of the Natural Science Collections Association can apply.
• Bursaries are limited to one per person per year.
• All successful applicants must submit a conference report, for either the NatSCA blog or Notes & Comments (see website), before the bursary can be paid.
• Travel costs to be agreed with the Bursary Committee at the earliest possible date.
• International applications will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.
• In the case of competition, preference will be given to people who have not received a bursary previously.
• Bursaries are only open to individual members. Institutional members cannot apply.

ALL bursaries are given at the discretion of the Bursary Committee and require:
i) receipts of payment (submitted to Treasurer) by 30.06.20
ii) a conference report (submitted to Editor) by 30.06.20

All applications for conference bursaries must be sent to the Bursary Committee by the 31st March. Successful applicants will be notified within a week of the deadline.

To apply, please complete the form (click here) and return to: