Grants

Funds and Awards

 

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Greenfield fund – non-academic horticultural projects [only BPS members can apply]

Centenary fund – academic study, whether horticultural, scientific and educational [only BPS members can apply]

Travel bursary – for students wishing to travel to BPS events [open to students]

J.W Dyce Award – a prize for the best paper, article book or piece of work

GREENFIELD FUND
This fund, set up as a memorial to one of our Society’s great fern growers, Percy Greenfield, is used to finance approved projects, helping with the cost of necessary equipment, books and travel expenses.

Percy Greenfield’s interest leaned very much towards the non-scientific side of our activities and it is felt that he would have wanted this taken into consideration when decisions are made. Workers eligible for university or college grants and similar support are not therefore eligible for help from the fund.

Applications will normally be dealt with once a year and should be submitted by 1st November. Anyone wishing to apply for this funding should contact the General Secretary for further information or fill out this form on-line.

CENTENARY FUND
This fund is used to promote the study of all aspects of pteridophytes – horticultural, scientific and educational, whether by amateurs, students or professional pteridologists. As such its scope is much broader and more flexible than the Greenfield Fund.

Applications will normally be dealt with once a year and should be submitted by 1st November. Anyone wishing to apply for this funding should contact the General Secretary for further information or fill out this form on-line.

TRAVEL BURSARY
Set up in 2019 in memory of Tim Pyner, the travel bursary is for full-time students wishing to attend its national academic meetings.

Currently, these consist of the Annual General Meeting in the Spring and the National Autumn Meeting. Bursaries will be limited to a maximum of £150 with the number of bursaries being decided annually. Recipients of a bursary would be asked to write a short report on their experience of the meeting. This report may  subsequently be published in one of the Societies journals (and thus eligible for the J.W.Dyce Award!).

Applications are invited from both student members and non-members of the Society to the General Secretary or via the website form.

THE J.W. DYCE AWARD

Jimmy Dyce was a BPS member from 1935 until his death in 1996. During this time he held all the key committee posts, virtually single-handedly saved the Society from extinction after the war, and contributed in so many other ways to shape the Society as it is today. An award of £100 together with a certificate is made annually at the AGM to the author of the best paper, article, book or other substantial piece of work published in any of the three BPS journals, on the BPS website, or as a special publication.

Any member can nominate any 3 articles in order of preference for the award by contacting the General Secretary by the 28th February. The winners will then be announced at the AGM (typically mid April).

Winning entries, other than books, will be placed on the website for all to read. The award is open to everyone, whether professional or amateur, pteridologist, horticulturalist or fern enthusiast, so get writing!

(With Thanks to Anthony Pigott)

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