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Balfour-Browne Fund

The Managers of the Balfour-Browne Fund for the advancement of the study of entomology invite applications for grants from the Fund during the academical year 2017-18. 

This is an excellent way for students to gain experience of research relating to insects, and in the past this fund has supported students working as voluntary research assistants on projects in the field, summer studentships in Cambridge labs, and student-led expeditions. Labs in Cambridge may be able to offer projects if you contact them.

Any person working in the University, who need not be a member of the University, is eligible to apply.

The Managers will give preference to:

  • applications from Cambridge undergraduates
  • the support of studies in the field, especially in the United Kingdom.

Please note: No grant may be made to any registered Graduate Student if it would support work directly connected with his or her approved course of study or research.

Applications should be submitted to , Department of Zoology, by 16 April 2018.  

Application form

The application should include:

  • A brief outline of the studies to be carried out, describing the purpose for which the grant is required.
  • An estimate of the full costs of the study; the amount applied for; details of any other related applications (ie to college).
  • A short (max 2 page) CV
  • A brief letter of support from the applicant’s Director of Studies
  • A brief letter of support from the prospective supervisor

For more information, please contact admin@zoo.cam.ac.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: The Fund Managers of both Balfour-Browne Fund and the J Arthur Ramsay Fund intend to consider all applications in tandem, so if you are eligible to apply to both funds you do not need to submit two applications, or supply two sets of letters of support.


From the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge

  1. From the balance of the sum remaining from the bequest of £10,000 by Professor W. A. F. Balfour-Browne, of Gonville and Caius College, a Balfour-Browne Fund shall be established in the University for the advancement of the study of entomology.
  2. The Fund shall be administered by two Managers, who shall be University officers in the Faculty of Biology appointed by the-Faculty Board, one on the nomination of the Head of the Department Genetics and one on the nomination of the Head of the Department of Zoology. Managers shall be appointed in the Michaelmas Term to serve for two years from 1 January next following.
  3. Any person working in the University, who need not be a member of the University, shall be eligible to apply for a grant from the Fund to support the study of entomology; provided that
    • preference shall be given to persons in statu pupillari
    • preference shall be given to the support of studies in the field, especially in the United Kingdom,
    • no grant shall be made to any registered Graduate Student if it would support work directly connected with his or her approved course of study or research.
  4. In each Michaelmas Term the Managers shall announce the date or dates by which applications for grants from the Fund may be submitted (via the Department of Zoology website).
  5. Any unexpended income shall not be added to the capital of the Fund but shall be accumulated for use as income in subsequent years.