The SEB promotes inclusion at all levels by focusing on removing barriers to accessing the Society. To support our members during challenging times in their career, the SEB Hardship Fund provides a reduced or full fee waiver for one year of membership.

The purpose of this fund is to support our members who are experiencing periods of financial hardship by allowing them to continue to access the career development resources and research network provided by the SEB. A total of £5000 is available for this purpose. 

Application deadline: 30 November 2020 (midnight, UK time) 


The current round focuses on supporting members who have experienced hardships throughout 2020 and is therefore open to lapsed members whose subscriptions have expired on or after 1 January 2020, as well as active members whose subscriptions are due for renewal by 31 December 2020.

  • Applicants must be active or lapsed Student, Early Career Scientists or Full Members
  • Applicants must have been a member of the SEB for at least 1 year at the time their membership is due to expire/ has expired
  • Applicants’ membership must either
    • Be due for renewal by 31 December 2020 or
    • Have expired on or after 1 January 2020
  • Applications for memberships that have expired prior to 1 January 2020 will not be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a loss of income, for example by providing any of the following:
    • Letter from funding body showing reduction or withdrawal of key funding
    • redundancy letter/ pay-cut letter from employer
    • Letter from institute detailing the displacement from workplace.
  • If the evidence you have is different from the above, or if you do not have the evidence required, please include a supporting statement detailing the reason you are applying, and your application may still be considered.

Alongside the form, applicants may also submit a short cover letter, no longer than 300 words, outlining any other reasons that have  affected their ability to renew their SEB membership, and how continued membership will support their research and career development. This will only be used in the event that there are a greater number of highest scoring applications than supply. 

how to apply 

Fill in our application form and return it to the SEB office by email at no later than 30 November (midnight, UK time). 

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Applications will be judged using a points-based system, assessing level of impact to the financial and work situation of applicants. Please see our points system here

In the event that demand out-strips supply, preference will be given to:

  • members who have had a complete loss of income
  • our early career scientist members
  • members from low-income, and middle-income economies as defined by The World Bank according to their 2021 report (

Applicants receiving the highest scores will be awarded a reduced membership fee or a full fee waiver for one year.