SCI Scholarships

Established 1920

SCI is proud to offer 2-year scholarships for up to three outstanding PhD students who are approaching their final years of study. Thanks to generous funding from past SCI members, SCI offers £5,000 to each successful applicant as well as a host of other benefits which help to support the scholar as they move towards their next career step.

In addition to the Scholarship, you will benefit from publishing opportunities, access to a high-calibre network to help launch your career, and opportunities to present your work and raise your profile within the scientific community. SCI Scholarships are prestigious and competitive awards, well-respected by industry professionals and academics. An SCI Scholarship can be an important addition to your CV.

Award Information

Award History

The SCI Scholars fund, established in 1920, was endowed by the bequests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, former presidents and founding members of SCI.

SCI then established the College of Scholars to help current members (Scholars) make the most of the opportunities an SCI award provides and to highlight SCI resources that may be of value in current research and future career roles.


Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI Scholarships are not available to SCI e-members or non-members.

In order to apply, please submit your application by completing the online application form when applications open.

Presentation Details

SCI Scholars will receive a £5,000 scholarship over two years. Winners will also be required to attend the SCI celebration day to receive their certificate.

Eligibility Criteria

    • PhD students approaching the final two funded years of their research degree
    • Self-funded students may also apply
    • SCI standard or student members
    Career Stage
    • Early-career
    • PhD level
    • Across the scientific and engineering spectrum


Applications open 2 January 2024
Applications close 30 April 2024
Frequency Annual

Additional Information

Code of Ethics for Members

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