EMG-Early Career Bursary Scheme

A funding opportunity of up to £500 is available for Early Career Researchers (postdoctoral, fixed-term research fellow, fixed-term academic appointment, or an equivalent early career staff position) in the disciplines of environmental, applied, and bio mineralogy to support career development by enabling ECRs to undertake independent research. In that context, these funds may facilitate new pilot research or new commercialisation of research into industry. Awards are expected to lead to publication/collaboration/research funding applications.

The bursary may be used for:

  • Access to, and use of, scientific instruments and services
  • Purchase of necessary scientific equipment and consumables
  • Travel and subsistence for the above and/or to facilitate collaborations, but not conference attendance

Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed research is independent from or beyond the scope of their current position. Awards may not be used to supplement existing research. Awards will be made twice a year with individual awards limited to a maximum of £500. The closing dates for receipt of applications are 1st March and 1st September each year. Applications must be received not less than eight weeks in advance of the proposed research, and in time for one of the deadlines above. Applications should be emailed to the Secretary of the EMG, Oliver Moore.

Applications will be assessed by the EMG Committee, and evaluated based on their scientific merit and overall benefit to the applicant. All else being equal, preference will be given to applicants who are members of the Mineralogical Society. The EMG Committee reserves the right to make no awards in a particular application round.

Successful applicants must provide a one-page report (PDF) outlining how the money was used. This report will be posted on the bursary report section of the Mineralogical Society website. Successful applicants are also encouraged to support the activities of the EMG and the Society. This includes attending a group/Society event, offering to help convene a session at a group/Society meeting, helping to publicise the Society, submitting a paper to one of the Society’s journals, etc.


Applicants must hold a PhD and be working at a higher education or research institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland as a postdoctoral researcher, fixed term research fellow, a fixed term academic, or an equivalent early career staff position. The applicant’s research post must extend beyond the end date of the proposed research. Please contact the EMG Secretary for queries about eligibility.

Bursary Application Form                                               Bursary Flyer

Previous Recipients
Benjamin Tutolo – March 2016

“Hisingerite is a Fe(III)-bearing product of low-temperature (< 200 °C) fayalite hydration, but little is known about its modes of occurrence or its potential for H2 production. This knowledge gap stems, in part, from the difficulty in separating hisingerite, which occurs as micrometer-scale veinlets, from associated Fe-bearing minerals. Using EMG bursary funds, I travelled to the USA to perform microbeam x-ray fluorescence and spectroscopy analyses to determine both the occurrence and Fe oxidation state of hisingerite in field samples. These data will contribute to a forthcoming publication, as well as a future proposal focussing on the planetary implications of hisingerite production.”

Ben presented his preliminary work on hisingerite at Goldschmidt 2017 in Paris – Veinlet-Scale Reactive Transport during Serpentinization: Implications for H2 Fluxes from Oceanic Serpentinites.

Laura Newsome – September 2016

“I was awarded an EMG bursary for my idea to investigate the microbiology of the Mendips massive birnessite deposits. I’m interested in manganese as it has a strong affinity for contaminants such as Cr and Pb, but also for valuable metals such as Co. Microbial manganese cycling is widespread in the natural environment, and may contribute impact on the mobility and fate of these metals. I heard about the massive birnessite deposits at a previous MinSoc conference and enquired whether a microbiological origin had been considered previously; while it was suspected, no investigations had yet been performed. The EMG bursary enabled me to organise collection of new samples from the Mendips caves, to characterise them with aqueous and solid phase geochemical analyses, and to extract and sequence microbial DNA. I’m still working on analysing the data, and am hoping to start some additional sequencing and culturing work on the samples shortly.”