This scheme aims to help finance postgraduate and postdoctoral research in experimental psychology (as defined by the content of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology).
Awards will pay for travel to and accommodation at another institution outside an individual's academic base. The purpose of the visit is to develop the applicant's research skills, and may involve learning at first hand about experimental procedures employed in the host laboratory, or designing and running studies that cannot already be carried out in the applicant's home department. Awards will not be granted for work which forms an integral part of an existing Ph.D research project, nor for work which would normally be funded by other bodies (e.g. the applicant's award-granting body or home institution). Applicants must be (a) registered for a Ph.D. or (b) postdoctoral workers who received their Ph.D within the previous five years. Applicants may be of any nationality. It is a further condition of the award that either the researcher's home institution or the institution to be visited, or both, must be in the UK. Preference will be given to applicants supervised by an EPS member.
Applicants who are funded by a Research Council, departmental or other studentship, or a research grant, are expected to seek funding towards the visit from these sources before applying to EPS, or to explain why they are not able to do so.
Grants will be for a maximum of £3,000 to any individual. In addition, the Society will, on receipt of appropriate invoices, reimburse the institution visited by the student for actual costs incurred as a consequence of the visit up to a maximum of £100.
Please note that applicants may follow the traditional route of submitting hard copies sent by post. Applicants also have the option instead to prepare and submit a single PDF file of the aggregated, signed application material to
. In this case it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material is compiled and formatted appropriately. In either case material must be received in the office by the stated deadline. Please do not send a hard copy through the post if you have already emailed your submission.
If sending your application through the post, this should be sent to:
Dr John Towse
EPS Hon Secretary
School of Psychology
These should be sent prior to one of four submission dates 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December. The proposals will be circulated to Committee members for consideration. Retrospective applications will not be considered and study visits may not start until two months after the submission date (ie 1st May, 1st August, 1st November or 1st February).
Applications should consist of the following:
- A completed application form (here)
- A curriculum vitae
- Short references from two EPS members (one of whom should normally be the applicant's supervisor, ex-supervisor or grant-holder).
- A letter from the institution to be visited, indicating its willingness to have the applicant and confirming the availability of the relevant research facilities. If this letter is from the Head of the Institution or other person who is unlikely to have day to day contact with the applicant, the letter should indicate who will be supervising the work on a daily basis.
Grants will be allocated by the EPS Committee. Preference will be given to first time applicants and those who are supervised by EPS members. Greater priority will also be given to applications demonstrating strong links with the EPS membership and remit.
Holders of Study Visit awards will be required to submit a short report (maximum 1000 words) to the Hon. Secretary within 8 weeks of the end of their visit. This should 1) include an abstract of the research or other activities accomplished, 2) outline how the visit benefited their research, 3) mention any publications planned on the basis of it 4) include invoice on which it should detail the award holders name (please note that invoices should not be sent to the EPS separate to the final report). The Society expects its assistance will be acknowledged in any publications directly arising from the work supported. Should there be any change in details regarding start date, duration or cancellation then the Hon. Secretary must be informed as soon as possible.
Members of the Society may donate money to the Study Visit Fund in the assurance that it will not be used for other society purposes. The EPS Committee wishes to encourage members to consider this possibility seriously.
Study Visit Grants 1995 – 2016
A list of Study Visit grants awarded to postgraduate and recent postdoctoral researchers can be found here.