The John Ray Trust is offering grants of up to £500 each to enable talented young undergraduates at the University of Cambridge to participate in a research project during the summer vacation in a field that John Ray would have been interested in. Projects must be supported and supervised by an established University lecturer/researcher who works in an appropriate area.
The John Ray Trust was founded in 1986; its principal objectives are to advance the education of the public in the natural sciences and to promote increased awareness and appreciation of the work of John Ray (1627-1705), who was educated at Cambridge, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1667 and was one of the most respected natural historians in Europe of his time. Explore this website for more information.
In considering applications, the Trust will place special importance on the proposed project’s relevance to John Ray’s interests, the enthusiasm of the student, and the financial needs of student. Given its limited resources, the John Ray Trust is unable to support any project in full, but hopes to contribute towards defraying the costs for students with limited means to experience research in a Cambridge science department.
Eligibility: those who are registered as first- or second-year NST or MVST or Math undergraduates in the University of Cambridge at the closing date of the application are eligible to apply. We expect applicants to have obtained (or to be predicted to obtain) an Upper Second or a First in their most recent University examinations.
Application Deadline: 15 April
Date of Notification: 16 May
Conditions of the Grant:
Any publication arising from the project supported by the John Ray Trust Summer Grant should include an acknowledgement of the Trust’s support.
Cheques will be issued on completion of the project and on submission of a one-page summary of the project. This summary should be written as clearly as possible, intelligible to a lay audience, and could include illustrations. It will be uploaded on the Trust’s website.