Cheltenham Science Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival

Each year, the Doctoral School offers TEN £600 bursaries for doctoral students to attend the Cheltenham Science Festival in June.

Co-directed by Professor Mark Lythgoe (UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging), the festival has a reputation for getting the best brains in the country together to probe the most topical issues. It provides an excellent opportunity for UCL doctoral students to broaden their horizons, meet leading scientists and other speakers, take part in debate and discussion about public engagement in science. It's also a great experience and a change to enjoy the atmosphere with fellow scientists, policy makers, artists, researchers, the media, the corporate sector and the general public.

Here is what a previous UCL bursary winner had to say:


I was completely blown away by the Cheltenham Science Festival. It was more than just an event; it was an immersive experience, with a palpable atmosphere of excitement.

And Victoria Baltag's account of her Cheltenham Sciences Festival Experience.

The Doctoral School offers ten bursaries to doctoral students, covering:

  • £180 of vouchers to attend up to six events per day over the 6 days
  • £420 to be used by the student to cover their transport, accommodation and subsistence during the Festival

The dates for the 2018 Festival have now been announced: 5-10 June 2018.

Please look out for an announcement from the Doctoral School in March/April 2018 seeking expressions of interest for the 10 funded places. You will be asked to make your case by providing brief information on, for example:

  • How you would use the experience of attending the Festival
  • Your commitment to science communication
  • How you would engage with the public with your own work

Your Departmental Graduate Tutor will also be asked to write a short recommendation.

Further information on the event is available from the Festival Website: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science.

Cheltenham Science Festival

The winners of the 2017 bursaries were

Kimberley Whitehead Biosciences
Joana Neves dos Reis Biochemical Engineering
Harry Scholes Biosciences
Nissy Sombatruang Securty and Crime Science
Su Morris IoE Psychology & Human Development
Victoria Baltag Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry
Veronica Cucuiat IoE Culture, Communication and Media
Citlali Helenes Gonzales UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Lena Maria Blott Psychology and Language Sciences
Rita Pinho UCL Institute of Opthalmology