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Awards and Grants

BSPS Event Funding

The British Society for Population Studies holds several events throughout the year, in addition to the Annual Conference. These are organised by members on topics that they feel merit discussion. Suggestions for future events are always welcomed by the Secretariat, and may be jointly promoted with other organizations. BSPS provides a limited amount of funding and administrative support for these seminars. If you would like to organise a seminar, please use the proposal form below.

Event proposal form

BSPS Annual Conference bursaries

BSPS supports students of demography and UK local government demographers to attend its Annual Conference by awarding a number of bursaries to individuals to cover the registration and accommodation costs of participation, in the form of a waiver. 

Applicants must be presenting a paper or poster at the conference and be current BSPS members.

Application is via responding to the Conference Call for Papers in the Spring.

BSPS Early Career Award

The BSPS Early Career Award celebrates a promising early career demographer by giving them the opportunity to present their research in a plenary session at the annual conference.

Any BSPS member in academia who is within 5 years of receiving their PhD on the deadline is eligible to be nominated. Nominations are also welcomed from early career researchers working in local or national government, within 5 years of their appointment. Nominees who have worked part-time, taken periods of leave, or changed career may discount their time away from the profession. Candidates are frequently self-nominated but can also be nominated by a BSPS member. Nominations are made using the Early Career Award Nomination Form (see below).

In awarding this prize, the BSPS seeks to highlight both the scholar’s research achievements to date and their prospective research agenda, with significant contributions to population studies in the future in mind. In addition, the committee will consider service to the demographic community (serving on committees, organizing events, contributing to BSPS), contributing to public discussion of demographic issues, & developing novel demographic teaching methods. We welcome nominations from across the BSPS membership, including academia, local government, central government, or any other sector.

Deadline: 7 May


BSPS Low and Middle Income Countries Initiative

The BSPS Low and Middle Income Countries Initiative is active again in 2023 & has reserved up to £2,000 for activities that encourage collaboration between population demographers in the UK and low and middle income countries. This initiative sponsors an annual visit by a demographer from a low or middle income country who gives a presentation at the BSPS Conference, where they also get the opportunity to meet and develop contacts with UK demographers. The overall aim is to encourage long-term collaboration and joint projects, and it is anticipated that contacts will already exist between the person to be funded, and a UK institution or UK demographers, & that other appropriate meetings will be arranged by the UK contact during the visitor’s stay in the UK. 

The World Bank classification will be used to exclude applications from those working in High Income countries. See:

Criteria to judge between applications will be the country’s average income, the potential to encourage collaboration between that country’s demographers and demographers in the UK, the potential for long-term collaboration and joint projects, the existence of links that can be built on, and the fulfilment of budgetary and other guidance provided by BSPS. 

Suggestions are best supported by a single typed sheet with a draft budget and a note of how the visit would encourage collaboration Bids should also include a detailed timetable of the proposed activities, and should come from the UK-based sponsoring individual or institution only.

Closing date for 2024 proposals is 7 May.  

BSPS international travel grants

BSPS does not currently award direct research grants, but does provide bursaries for members of the society to attend conferences and professional meetings outside the UK. BSPS will normally offer support only for open conferences held overseas and not for internal seminars. International travel grants are not awarded for the attendance of overseas members at the BSPS Conference, or other conferences held in the UK.

Applications will be considered at any time during the year but applications must be made well in advance of the conference date. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis, at the discretion of the President and Honorary Treasurer, whose decision is final. A completed application form (below) must be submitted.  

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of £250. Eligibility criteria include the following conditions:

  • Must have been BSPS members for one year before becoming eligible & membership subscription must be up-to-date at the time of application.
  • Awards are usually made for oral presentations but posters MAY be considered.
  • Presentations must be on a demographic topic 
  • Awards will be limited to one per individual every two years, subject to funds being available
  • Must have exhausted other funding possibilities such as own department
  • Preparation of a report of the conference for the BSPS Newsletter
  • Presentation of a financial account
  • Entry requirements to the country in question have been satisfied and a visa is in place, if required.

BSPS will monitor said conditions.

BSPS international travel grant application 2015 on

BSPS Masters Dissertation Prize

Entries are invited for the 2024 BSPS Prize for the entry judged to be the best MSc. Dissertation on a demographic topic from the year 2023 (which would normally be at or around distinction level).

Entries should be in PDF format, one PDF per entry please. 

Please note that all entries should be submitted by the institution awarding the degree, or by the supervising academic, and not by the authors themselves.

A maximum of two entries per institution will be accepted. A word limit of 12,000 words per entry is encouraged, on the basis that it is very difficult to judge and compare entries of vastly differing lengths. However, longer dissertations may also be entered, with a section not exceeding the given word limit being nominated for judging. 

A cash prize of £300 is offered, which will be increased to £400 if there is a tie for first place and the Prize is split between two winners. The winner(s) will be announced at the BSPS Conference in September. For the purposes of this prize, demography is defined as: 

  • the scientific study of human populations, especially with reference to their size, structure & distribution
  • the scientific study of the determining processes, such as fertility, mortality and migration, and the relationship of these with the social, economic and cultural context within which they exist.

Entries should be received as email attachments by 7 May 2024 at the BSPS Secretariat -