Need help with attending SVPCA?
The Jones-Fenleigh Memorial Fund
What is it?
- A bursary account, managed as a Palaeontological Association 'designated fund', administered by each year's SVPCA organisers, with continuity by John Martin (ex-Leicester Museum)
- Helps pay for delegates with no institutional financial support to attend SVPCA meetings
- Started in 1989, with money donated by the Jones-Fenleigh family in memory of the man who introduced the first museum-quality dinosaur models, made by Invicta Plastics of Leicester
- Increased by donations from delegates, including the proceeds of an annual auction
Who is eligible?
Amateur . . .
Student . . .
In fact anyone wishing to attend and give a paper or display a poster with no means of financial support
How are bursaries awarded?
The organisers form a informal panel
to select applications. The number of awards varies from year to
year, depending on the ability of the fund to pay from income, not
capital, and the quality of applications.
The award is competitive: criteria for selecting bursary-winners include:
- Need - you must have no institutional support for the meeting costs
- The independent authorship of your paper or poster
- Its relevance to the aims and subject of the meeting - vertebrate palaeontology and comparative anatomy
- Its relevance to the JFMF founder's interests - VP
- The paper/poster's originality and innovation
- Quality of the abstract submitted
Note that the award pays for the conference fee, accommodation and basic subsistence - not optional extras (field trip, conference dinner) or travel
How to apply
Please send cover letter, abstract and supporting documentation to email@example.com as soon as possible. With your application you will be asked to submit:
- An abstract (c.150 words)
- Covering letter explaining your circumstances and need,
- and, if appropriate, a letter from your employer/institution supporting your application and including an assurance that you will not be financially supported