The RSC Separation Science Group, together with the British Mass Spectrometry Society, the Chromatographic Society and the RSC North-west Analytical Division provide several student awards and bursaries every year. These include summer studentships and conference support (e.g. to attend the HTC meetings every alternate year).


The SSG, together with the British Mass Spectrometry Society, the Chromatographic Society, and the RSC North-West Analytical Division, sponsors summer studentships every year.

Description of studentship
The studentships are typically of 6-8 weeks duration focused on involving the student in scientific research resulting in a report (see below). The report may be shared via society’s publications and associated websites and many studentships have led to academic publications and talks.

Financial support available
In 2016, the British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) funded approximately six projects, to a maximum value of £1500 per studentship. In addition the SSG and the Chromatographic Society both each funded a further two projects, each containing a strong focus on separation science. The RSC’s North-west Analytical Division (NWAD) also funded one studentship for supervisors who qualified on geographical location grounds.

In order to qualify for consideration of funding:
1. The application must be submitted by a student’s supervisor
2. The supervisor must be a BMSS member of at least 3 months standing, or a ChromSoc or RSC member (to qualify for SSG or RSC NWAD support).
3. 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).
4. Only a single application per supervisor per round will be considered by this scheme.
5. 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 travel grants are available for this purpose) or continuation of PhD studies/projects. Grants must be used solely for the purposes set out in the application.
6. 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 suitable 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 for 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 fulfil the aforementioned criteria, otherwise such applications will not be considered.

Selection and criteria
The BMSS Advisory Board, ChromSoc, SSG and NWAD representatives will rank and select the projects that will receive funding based on their 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 favourably.

The student/supervisor team must produce a project report of 2-3 pages (1600-2400 words) describing the results of their project once completed. This report may be published in society publications such as Mass Matters and Chromatography Today, and appear on the society websites. Delayed publication (so as not to prejudice journal submission) can 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 (BMSS, ChromSoc, RSC – Separation Science Group, NWAD) must be specifically acknowledged in all presentations/publications resulting from the student’s work.

1. Applications invited around mid-February each year.
2. Full eligibility criteria is made available on the relevant website.
3. Application deadlines are generally in April.
4. Applicants are informed by the end of May.
5. Project reports must be returned to the BMSS within 6 weeks of project end dates.

+ Past studentships

The Separation Science Group awarded two summer studentships in 2012, to Jasmine Bond, from the University of Lincoln (Supervisor: Dr Ruth Croxton) and Robert Dobs, from the University of Durham (Supervisor: Dr John Sanderson)
The Separation Science Group summer studentship was awarded to Daniel Stark from the University of Northumbria, for a project on ‘Analysis of Media and Pigments in Modern Oil Paints by GC-MS and pyrolysis GC-MS’


Conference Sponsorships

We also sponsor several students each year to attend conferences, particularly the HTC conference in Brugge.

+ Past conference sponsorships

Christianne Wicking from the University of SouthamptonAnong Srispoa from the University of East Anglia and Miss Ruchi Gupta from the University of Manchester have been received this award in the past.