Who is the scholarship aimed at?
The Scholarships are open to individuals who are pursuing their PhD or postdoctoral research and/or are already in employment, but wish to pursue a research project to further their Engineering career.
Please note, if you already obtained a permanent academic position, then you are not normally considered eligible for this scholarship.
Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have Graduated with Honours or Higher Degree in Engineering from a Scottish Higher Education institution, or currently be pursuing PhD research in Engineering at a Scottish HEI.
All branches of Engineering, including computer and software engineering are considered.
I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
Applicants must have graduated with an Honours or higher degree in Engineering from a Scottish Higher Education Institution and/or be currently pursuing PhD research in engineering at a Scottish HEI.
I am a PhD student when would be the best time for me to apply?
It’s recommended that you apply for this scholarship after being halfway through your project. Therefore, you have already established the basis of your research and have a few ongoing ideas and this will make your visit much more beneficial.
In addition, you are encouraged to make early stage preparation ahead of the visit, so the collaborations can be more successful to maximise efficiency.
What’s the ideal visit length?
The scholarship visit length are normally between 2-6 months. However, it’s advised that your visits be at least 3 to 4 months. From previous awardees’ experience, the most fruitful research period started after 2 months.
Do I need references?
Yes. This is an important part of the application and without them your application will not be past to the committee. To avoid a last minute rush, please ensure that your two references have been received by the RSE Awards Team well in advance of the application deadline.
Can I apply for additional funding from other sources?
Yes. Candidates who hold other funding awards are not excluded from applying. You may be able to apply for additional funding support for your visits from either your home and/or host institutions, as well as other funding bodies
However, you do need to check the terms & conditions of the other awards to see if they can be held concurrently with the Lessells scholarship.
What will the Scholarship fund?
- International travel (economy or equivalent)
- Travel Insurance
- Visa (if applicable)
How will the scholarship be paid?
If you are successful, you will receive 90% of your award before you travel and the final 10% will be paid to you after your visit once you have given a presentation to the Committee.
Click HERE for full Terms and Conditions of the scholarship