BDIAP Schools Pathologists in Training Bursaries

The British Division of the International Academy of Pathology provides a small number of bursaries each year to permit trainee pathologists from the BDIAP Sri Lankan, Arab and East African Schools to obtain training in one of the countries of the British Division by attending one of the educational meetings of the British Division.

Final decisions on who will benefit from these bursaries will be made by the Education and IT Subcommittee of the British Division, but preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Are in training posts or the first two years as a consultant
  • Can demonstrate how the information and training sought will be of benefit to their own institution

Detailed information on the conditions of the bursary are given below and must be read and understood by all applicants. Information about forthcoming meetings is published in the Journal of the British Division, Histopathology, and on this website.

Timing of applications: Applications should be made at least three months before the proposed educational meeting. All applications will be considered on receipt by the Education and IT Subcommittee and applicants will be notified, preferably by e-mail, within six weeks of receipt. Applications are made through the Word document form below. Applicants will be asked to provide the names and addresses of two independent referees and obtain references from them, the format is specified in the application form.

BDIAP Schools Pathologists in Training Bursaries – Conditions

  1. The bursary is to facilitate attendance at an educational meeting of the British Division. A successful applicant must attend the whole meeting and the dinner.
  2. An applicant may only receive a bursary once in their career.
  3. Applications for a bursary must be at least three months before the meeting which the applicant wishes to attend. Responses from referees must have been received prior to consideration by the Education and IT Subcommittee. Applicants will be notified, preferably by e-mail, within six weeks of receipt.
  4. The maximum total sum available to any one bursary recipient is 1,500 UK pounds. In exceptional circumstances, and only after consideration by Council, this sum may be increased if the participant can demonstrate that the aims of the bursary cannot be achieved without spending more than this amount. Such arguments will need to be detailed; costs will be checked and, if not verified, the Council may cancel the bursary without appeal.
  5. Within the maximum cost stated above, the bursary can be used to reclaim costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence and (where relevant) registration fees. Fees for attending local BDIAP educational meetings will be waived for bursary recipients.
  6. Travel arrangements must be made by the bursary recipient. Advice on suitable local accommodation may be available through the British Division, but this cannot be guaranteed and the ultimate responsibility for arranging accommodation lies with the recipient.
  7. The preferred method of reimbursement is as a single payment after the educational visit is completed. This will be made on the basis of receipts provided to the Honorary Treasurer of the British Division. Expenses will be covered only where receipts are available. However, we understand that some recipients may be unable to pay the whole cost from their own resources prior to reimbursement. The following alternative arrangements are therefore available where necessary:
    1. Bursary recipients may ask airlines and hotels to send an invoice to the Honorary Treasurer, to permit direct payment prior to the educational visit which the bursary is supporting.
    2. If the airlines and hotels are unwilling to do this, the bursary recipient should pay the relevant costs then send the receipt immediately to the Honorary Treasurer for reimbursement prior to the meeting.
    3. Such requests for partial payment of the bursary costs will be honoured where the request is considered reasonable and the sum concerned is over 200 UK pounds.
  8. Under no circumstances will money be made available directly to bursary recipients without production of a receipt.
  9. The responsibility for arranging authority to travel (passports, visas etc.) lies entirely with the bursary recipient. When the bursary is approved, the recipient will be provided with a letter of invitation from the British Division setting out the terms of the bursary. This invitation is intended to facilitate applications for a visa, but if such an application is rejected then the British Division of the IAP cannot be held responsible and does not undertake to carry out any further special pleading on behalf of the bursary recipient.
  10. Bursaries may be transferred between individuals in one institution only under exceptional circumstances and with approval of Council.
  11. Bursaries agreed to facilitate attendance at one meeting may be transferred to another meeting only under exceptional circumstances and with approval of Council.


You can download the Word document application form by clicking this link. Please complete the form and return it, together with the two referees’ reports, as scanned PDF documents to Sam Kiely, Education and Divisional Manager