Call for Applications: Commonwealth Science Conference 2017



The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is pleased to notify the University community of the “Commonwealth Science Conference 2017”.

The conference is scheduled to be held in Singapore from 13- 16 June, 2017 and is being organized by the Royal Society and National Research Foundation, Singapore. The conference aims to bring together leading scientists to showcase the best science from across the commonwealth, celebrate excellence in science; provide opportunities for cooperation between researchers in different Commonwealth countries; inspire young scientists, students and pupils; build understanding about policy issues of common interest and encourage scientific capacity building in Commonwealth countries.


The conference will be attended by approximately 400 scientists from across the Commonwealth, from a range of career stages. To select these delegates, the Royal Society are running three rounds of applications:

  • PhD students – only nominated PhD students can apply (nominated PhD students will be contacted directly)
  • Early career scientists
  • Established scientists


The conference programme will include sessions on the following themes:

  • New technologies
  • Social acceptance of new technologies
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Sustainable cities
  • The future of the oceans
  • Towards low carbon energy


The travel grant covers:

  • Economy return flight to Singapore*
  • Up to £50 towards the following:
    • Local ground transportation to and from home airport 
    • Visa fee (if applicable)

*Established scientists from Canada, Europe (including UK), Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Barbados or the Bahamas, will receive a contribution towards an economy return flight to Singapore of up to £500.

Accommodation for the duration of the conference and conference delegate fees will be met by the National Research Foundation Singapore.


Early career scientists must:

  • have a PhD (i.e. must have completed and been awarded a PhD by the time of application), or have extensive research experience at an equivalent level;
  • be in the early stages of their research career and have no more than 10 years research experience since their PhD at the time of application.

Established scientists must:

  • have a PhD, or have extensive research experience at an equivalent level; 
  • be an established researcher with more than 10 years research experience since their PhD at the time of application

Both early career and established scientists must either:

  • be a national of a Commonwealth country (including the UK); or
  • currently hold a research post at a university or publically funded research organisation in a Commonwealth country (including UK), which must span the duration of the Commonwealth Science Conference.

PhD students can only apply if they have been nominated. Nominated PhD students will be contacted directly with information about the application process.


Applications must be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic Grant Application and Processing system (e-GAP) at https://e-gap.royalsociety.org/Login.aspx.  

Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Science Conference Grants Committee and the results will be announced in October/ November 2016.


Applications must be submitted latest by Tuesday June 7, 2016 17:00 BST. Late applications will not be considered.

Detailed information on the Conference is available at